All tracks lead to Quirindi for International swap and shop

THOSE with a love of history and those who love to collect will be flocking to the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village swap meet on the weekend of May 3 and 4.

This year’s feature machinery is International, with tractors, stationary engines and trucks bearing the marque’s name on display, alongside a range of other machinery from different manufacturers.

Army vehicles will also be one of the stand-out attractions this year, with several stallholders bringing army merchandise.

There are already more than 100 swap sites booked, offering everything from fresh produce to car parts, antiques and assorted bric-a- brac.

The official opening of this year’s event is on Saturday at 1pm, with Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray doing the honours.

The weekend will get off to a flying start though with the parade through the streets of Quirindi from 9.30am on Saturday, where spectators will be treated to 

vintage tractors, cars and trucks rumbling through town.

Still on the transport theme, miniature trains will be running throughout the weekend and visiting rail enthusiasts are invited to bring their engines along to give them a run on the picturesque track.

Committee member Beryl Mannion said the blacksmith’s shop would also be firing up, a village favourite that will soon be joined by the former Blackville Church, which is being restored and will soon be on permanent display at the Gunnedah Rd attraction.

On Sunday, the woodchop event will start at 10am, and throughout the weekend, woodworkers will have the lathes spinning and in the museum, the spinners and weavers will be working their magic.

The rally dinner at Borambil Hall on the Saturday night is always a highlight, featuring a presentation of trophies from stand-out exhibits.

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