Time travel back to Grandad’s farm

Farming like Grandad returns this month and is set to be a big one; with more animals, more vintage machinery and more competitions than previous years.

“This year will have more of everything,” says event organiser Stephanie Johnson Bull.

“There will be plenty to see, food to eat and coffee to drink from a variety of outlets.

“Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic, seating and shade such as a gazebo, so you can get comfortable and make a day of it.”

Grandad’s farm

It wouldn’t be a Farming like Grandad event without vintage machinery to transport onlookers back in time.

Displays will feature the Waterwheel Collection, which features 18 years’ worth of donated pieces including milking machines, ploughs and hay makers.

The event will also have a whole range of exhibitions from local collectors and clubs, including vintage car clubs.

It won’t all be parked up, either. Machinery demonstrations will include a plough being drawn by horses, and a sheep shearing using a 1930s copper shearing plant.

“We've got some commercial pieces as well, which is quite different for us. This year may have more of a country fair feel compared to previous years.”

Animals and arts

It’s not all about the oil and grease – the day will also feature craft stalls and live music entertainment.

Several classic country fair contests for both adults and children will run, including the newly instated vegetable growing competition.

This year’s animal pen will be bigger than last year, meaning more goats and alpacas to pet. Horses pulling carriages will also be roaming around.

“We’re going to feature as many things as we can to entertain you all.

“We hope to see you there.”

Farming like Grandad is on Sunday, January 31, on SH30 Kawerau, opposite Military Rd, from 10am-4.30pm. Admission costs $10 for adults and is free for children. It is a dog-free event.

For updates and to register for competitions, visit the Farming like Grandad Facebook page.

For more information, visit: www.waterwheel.nz, call: 0211054531, or email: contactus@waterwheel.nz


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