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Vintage farmers start their engines

BLACKSMITHING, fence post splitting, wool spinning, ploughing and chaff cutting will be just some of the vintage farming practices on display at the upcoming Heritage Farming Expo in Cambridge.

Presented by the Hobart Vintage Machinery Society, this year’s expo will be centred on the theme “taking a trip down memory lane” and will feature a range of pre-1960 farming equipment including steam engines, vintage tractors and old engines.

Hobart Vintage Machinery Society vice-president Phil Brooke said the expo would give club members the opportunity to display their machinery under actual working conditions.

“Over the past few years, most other vintage machinery displays have been presented in the north of the state, so we decided that a display in the south was long overdue,” he said.

“Hourly demonstrations and a parade of machinery will be presented each day and commentary on individual displays will be provided throughout the event.

“Food will be available on site, plenty of parking will be available and children activities will include an animal nursery, hay rides and a jumping castle.”

Admission for adults will be $10, with children under 12-years-of-age entering for free.

The Heritage Farming Expo will be held from 11-12 March at Summerville Farm, 761 Richmond Road, Cambridge.

Caption: Hobart Vintage Machinery Society member John Robb with his 100-year-old Lister tractor