4. AGRI RETRO
Revisiting vintage farmmachinery; the mechanical stalwarts that backed up the country’s backbone.
The machines that tamed the land in days gone by get a chance to strut their stuff again this weekend. The Manawatu Vintage Machinery Club’s is hosting two days of working displays featuring tractors, implements, stationary engines, farming techniques and demonstrations from yesteryear.
Convenor Gough Bryant is expecting 80-odd tractors and a substantial number of implements such as balers, chaff-cutters, threshing mills, a portable sawmill, and up to 30 different types of stationary engines, though the region’s fire ban means that traction engines won’t be able to power the machinery this time.
Sited on an eight hectare paddock on Kairanga’s Lockwood Rd, Gough says he’ll be ferrying sheep to a shearing stand powered by a single cylinder engine in his 1941 one ton Ford truck, and members of the Manawatu Vintage Car Club may turn up as well.
There’ll be two parades each day; the morning featuring pre-1940s vehicles, and the early afternoon, post-1940s.
‘‘We’ll have rubber-tyred and steel-wheeled tractors and even some crawler tractors from the days before four-wheeled drive,’’ Gough says.
As well as the old machines showing how ‘‘it used to be done’’, there’ll be an old-style farm kitchen range boiling water and baking scones.
A number of mobility scooters will be available so older visitors can get around the site. Kopane School staff, parents and students are providing on-site parking duties, food and drink.
The Vintage Ag Expo is at 169 Lockwood Rd from 10am – 4pm with adults $8 and under-15 free. No dogs please, and no smoking.
A wooden beltdriven baler demonstrates how it was done down on the farm in days of yore.