The Dungowan valley will rumble into action this weekend as the annual Village Fair and Tractor Trek attract visitors, and machines, from all over the country.
The engines started on Friday morning as a convoy of antique tractors made their way from the Dungowan Recreation Reserve to Nundle for lunch, before taking the scenic route back to the fair ground for a weekend of festivities.
For committee president Ron Haling the event couldn’t have come at a better time for the rural community.
“With the drought on the Village Fair and Tractor Trek is pretty much everything at the moment,” he said.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for people to get away from home for a break – and there is talk of a bit of rain next week again which would be heaven.”
The Village Fair is renowned for its antique machinery displays, and after hosting 40 unique sites last year, this year’s event will see over 60 stationary engines, while there will also be plenty of other action and entertainment, especially for the kids.
The big crowd will line the fences for the senior tractor pull on Saturday, before the kids get their own wheels dirty with the junior tractor pull, using pedal powered ride on lawn mowers to haul the sled down the field.
“We also have a bloke that separates milk by hand and churns it into butter – that had the kids eyes popping last year,” Mr Haling said.
The Fair will also have an animal nursery, live entertainment, plenty of food and other stalls and markets as well as a massive John Deere display, as the company celebrates a centenary of engine production.
The Fair will run from 11am through to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to midday on Sunday.