Kingaroy & District Vintage Machinery Club Rally starts at 8.30am, September 16 at the Kingaroy Airport and runs over two days.
Kingaroy & District Vintage Machinery Club Rally starts at 8.30am, September 16 at the Kingaroy Airport and runs over two days. James Barcay

Check out classic machinery at club rally

TWENTY years of the Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club will be on display this weekend as the club throws its doors open for an annual rally.

Gates open at 8.30am and the machinery parade will start at 9am.

It will feature a full range of the club's old-fashioned tractors pulling a variety of vintage farm equipment dating back to the 1920s.

After the parade the day splinters off into a number of individual displays.

These include a full catalogue of peanut threshing equipment from the earliest hand-driven methods to the modern gear used on farms today.

The club will also run its signature sled-pulling competition.

This fan favourite will pit the old-time machines against the immutable forces of gravity and friction as they aim to pull a sled that steadily increases in weight and resistance.

The engine that drags the sled the furthest wins though most only make it to the 50m mark before the tractor wheels start spinning.

Old-time and modern chainsaws will be on display during a post ripping competition.

Club president Jeff Barbler said the weekend had something for everyone.

"We'll have bailing demonstration using old bailers and load them with the old loaders and ploughing demonstrations with the old ploughs,” he said.

"There'll be market stalls for people to go through and stuff for the women.”

A jumping castle will be on site to entertain the young kids while the big kids play with their old tractors.

The club acts as a de facto museum, restoring and preserving relics from the days gone by.

Folk from all over the district will ring up and donate old farm gear.

To pay for the restorations the club farms peanuts on a few paddocks either side of their grounds.

Sometimes they'll use the old gear to work the fields but Mr Barbler said that was more for fun.

"They're just very slow,” he said.

"In the olden days, farmers didn't work as much land and you had more people working per acre but with today's farming you've got to work a lot of acres.”

The Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club Rally will run from September 16-17 at the Kingaroy Airport.

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