Begin a new year with Crank-Up
Fonterra for their ongoing support and use of their land. Without it, the highly anticipated Crank-Up would not be as large and as captivating as it is today.
From the year 2002 Crank-Up became a weekend event. After-all, with expansion imminent year after year, it was hard for spectators to fit all the wonderful displays and demonstrations into their schedule in one day.
So now, the street parade kicks off the event on the Friday night of the last weekend in January, and Crank-Up is wrapped up on the Sunday afternoon.
This year spectators can expect well over 500 entries of vintage tractors, machinery, vintage cars, stationary motors, motorbikes, machinery, equipment and more.
New features include Ferguson tractors and implements, BMW and Italian vehicle displays, among other crowd pleasers.
It is very much a family weekend with a host of entertainment including celebrity events, country music, pipebands, vintage shearing, working displays, children’s entertainment and a large number of craft and food stalls.
Vintage round baling will also be taking place, as will helicopter rides, lawnmower racing and fabulous music from the popular Deep South Rhythm Band.
Over the years, the Club has also invited prominent New Zealanders to the show including Detective Inspector Graham Bell, Sir Colin Meads, Richard Loe, Dick Tayler, Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Peter Leitch, Keith Quinn, Alex Wylie and strongman Levi Vaoga.
This year shearing king David Fagan will be attending, alongside New Zealand comedian and television personality Te Radar.
So grab mum, dad, grandma, the kids and their friends, and head on down to what can only be considered a fantastic event to start the year.
You will not be disappointed.