Fun at vin­tage coun­try fest

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‘‘"[We] just hope that ev­ery­one is happy with what we have done."’’

A vin­tage coun­try fes­ti­val re­turns for its an­nual gath­er­ing, and this time with a very rare sta­tion­ary hay baler.

Or­gan­ised by the Glen­brook Vin­tage Rail­way and Franklin Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Club, this week­end’s Steam and Vin­tage Coun­try Fes­ti­val will fea­ture old en­gin­ery such as steam boats, trac­tion en­gines, trac­tors and work trucks.

Among the many vin­tage ma­chines, an old and unique sta­tion­ary baler in op­er­a­tion will be the main at­trac­tion for the week­end.

The hay baler is called an Evona and was de­signed and cre­ated by two fam­i­lies, Evans and Hooper, back in the 1930s.

To keep things au­then­tic, round hay bales will be cut up, sep­a­rated and spread across a des­ig­nated area where event staff will per­form a live demon­stra­tion on how bal­ing was ex­e­cuted the old fash­ioned way; us­ing the one and only Evona.

Event or­gan­iser and FVMC pres­i­dent Owen Blackbourn said: ‘‘It’s show­ing peo­ple how things were done in the old days, mak­ing hay and silage, and we will be show­ing that at the Glen­brook show.’’

Blackbourn is ex­cited for this year’s event, which will be held at the Glen­brook Vin­tage Rail­way, and said he can’t wait to op­er­ate some of the vin­tage ma­chin­ery.

‘‘It’s an ex­cuse to all get to­gether and talk about the old times,’’ said Blackbourn.

An­other crowd-pleaser will be a 100-year-old trac­tor that will be com­ing all the way from Edgecombe.

The Ti­tan 10-20, which has been in the same fam­ily for over 100 years, is equipped with a 531 cu­bic inch, two cylin­der en­gine that was ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing around 10 to 20 horse­power at 575 rpm - hence the name 10-20.

Spec­ta­tors and fes­ti­val-go­ers can also ex­pect to see a Tiger Moth fly by, a Bell 47 MASH he­li­copter dis­play, a 1953 OC3 Oliver bull­dozer and horse plough­ing demon­stra­tions.

The Steam and Vin­tage Coun­try Fes­ti­val is on Satur­day and Sun­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion www.vin­tagema­chin­ery.co.nz visit

Ian Robb, left, and Owen Blackbourn round­ing up equip­ment for the Steam and Coun­try Vin­tage Fes­ti­val.

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