Party for trac­tor fans

Shepparton News - Country News - - HENTY MACHINERY FIELD DAYS -

John Deere en­thu­si­asts had a field day at Henty with a pro­gram chock-full of trac­tors, cakes, trac­tor pulls, vin­tage horse­power, quilts and a Mr and Ms John Deere com­pe­ti­tion.

The Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days cel­e­brated 100 years of trac­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing for the iconic agri­cul­tural brand, and gave John Deere fans a rare photo op­por­tu­nity with two trac­tors, made 100 years apart, sit­ting side by side.

A 25 hp Water­loo Boy trac­tor and its big brother, a 570 hp John Deere quad track 9RX, were the cen­tre­piece of the cel­e­bra­tions.

The ‘R’ Water­loo Boy came off the Water­loo Gaso­line Engine Com­pany’s man­u­fac­tur­ing line in Water­loo, Iowa, and left the fac­tory on April 2, 1918, des­tined for a work­ing life in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba in Canada.

Al­most ex­actly a cen­tury later to the month, the 9RX rolled off the com­pany’s as­sem­bly line at Water­loo.

The Water­loo Boy is owned by Lake Gold­smith wool­grower John Kirk­patrick, a pas­sion­ate col­lec­tor of John Deere farm ma­chin­ery and steel­wheeled vin­tage trac­tors.

Field day vis­i­tors were treated to an ex­ten­sive out­door and in­door col­lec­tion of John Deere trac­tors co-or­di­nated by the Henty and Dis­trict An­tique Farm Ma­chin­ery Club.

The in­door dis­play also in­cluded a 700 hp 6030 and 1800 hp pulling trac­tor owned by Al­lan Arthur of Al­bury.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, a col­lectible John Deere quilt sewn by Lyn Ja­cob­sen, of Thur­goona, was auc­tioned at The Stump by El­ders Al­bury live­stock auc­tion­eer Matt Tin­kler.

The quilt was snapped up for $1500 by Robert Jaques, of Wagga Wagga, for his four-month-old grand­son, with the pro­ceeds do­nated to CWA of NSW Dis­as­ter Relief Fund.

The cel­e­bra­tions kicked off with a vin­tage John Deere trac­tor pull by Scout Sy­mons, an in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tor in ‘strong-woman’ com­pe­ti­tions.

Ms Sy­mons, 26, used a body har­ness to haul a steel-wheeled 1928 John Deere D Model trac­tor owned by the Schulz fam­ily, of Jin­dera.

‘‘I’ve pulled a truck and a po­lice high­way pa­trol ve­hi­cle so a trac­tor was next,’’ she said.

Jonathan Schulz and his fa­ther Arnold con­trib­uted 11 vin­tage trac­tors to the in­door and out­door vin­tage John Deere dis­play, in­clud­ing a 1959 435 model, one of only seven in Aus­tralia.

Jonathan went on to claim the ti­tle of Mr John Deere 2018.

The Ms John Deere 2018 ti­tle went to Gail Collins, of West Wya­long in NSW.

Com­pare the pair . . . John Kirk­patrick, of Lake Gold­smith, on his Water­loo Boy, dwarfed by the 570 hp John Deere 9RX at the John Deere cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions at Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

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