Trac­tors in gear for an epic four-day ad­ven­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - PULSE -

THE Monto Dairy Fes­ti­val is just around the cor­ner and with it comes an­other of the district’s iconic agri­cul­tural events.

Ev­ery two years, the Monto Trac­tor Trek runs in con­junc­tion with the dairy cel­e­bra­tion.

The brain­child of Bukali gra­zier and trac­tor col­lec­tor Greg Wil­liams, the trek has gained a cult fol­low­ing among the state’s ma­chin­ery en­thu­si­asts.

The event has grown, largely through word of mouth, and this year’s third in­stal­ment has at­tracted a record 19 en­trants.

One keen par­tic­i­pant, Bill Scott, will travel all the way from Ca­bool­ture in his beloved Chamberlai­n 9G to join the trek.

The four-day ad­ven­ture takes par­tic­i­pants on a 440km odyssey through the pic­turesque North Bur­nett back coun­try and hin­ter­land.

The con­voy will de­part from Mun­gungo on Tues­day, Septem­ber 25, and take the roads less trav­elled to Monto, via Ca­nia, Than­g­ool, Cra­cow, Wu­ruma Dam and Mulgildie.

The trac­tors and their drivers will camp un­der the stars each night and re­turn just in time to join the Dairy Fes­ti­val’s show­piece pro­ces­sion on Satur­day.

Mr Wil­liams was in­spired to launch the Monto edi­tion of the trac­tor trek af­ter tak­ing part in Biloela’s na­tional trek in 2012.

With the help of his wife, Lumi, L i and d sons, B Ben and d An­gus, Mr Wil­liams has or­gan­ised a truly unique so­cial gath­er­ing of like-minded in­di­vid­u­als, while help­ing raise money for the Mun­gungo School of Arts.

He said it was pleas­ing to con­trib­ute t ib t tot the th Monto M t Dairy Fes­ti­val, an im­por­tant event in his child­hood.

“I’m sure any­one with a farm does a bit of work on their ma­chine,” Mr Wil­liams said.

“We travel roads I didn’t even know ex­isted un­til I started t td mark­ing ki g out t a course.

“The first year it took us 119km to get from Monto to Mulgildie.

“It’s amaz­ing the things you see go­ing at that speed that you would miss in a car.”


READY TO ROLL: Trac­tors mo­tor through Monto dur­ing the last Trac­tor Trek.

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