Taranaki Vintage Machinery Club presents their 7th Hay Day weekend.
Held every second year, the event returns to the Honnor property on 331 Waitara Road, Brixton, Waitara for 2017.
To be held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2017, open from 10am-4pm each day, admission $10 per adult, children are free. Sorry no eftpos – please bring cash.
This event is about trying to turn the clock back to the 1930-50’s era. Where possible we will be operating many of the machines of yesteryear. Some will work and some will not! On the grain harvesting side, chaff cutters and a threshing mill will be up and running, grain grinders turning the grain into flour, coal ranges will be busy cooking scones & pikelets, the old fashioned laundry will also be running all day. Beautiful Clydesdale horses will be either hard at work or giving rides. Vintage tractors & machinery will be busy making hay or ploughing. There will be vintage cars, trucks and military vehicles on display. Steam Traction engines and stationary engines will also be working .
Pupils from two local schools – Huirangi and Tikorangi schools will put on Maypole Dance Proformances - 11.30am & 1.30pm on each day. Huirangi school is provided the food stalls for the weekend, so there will be plenty of yummy foods, drinks & BBQ to choose from.
Friday 17th Feb open to 350 school children -This is our practice day to make sure everything is running smoothly, so most Taranaki Schools are invited on a first come first served basis. The children are split into groups and shown demonstrations and have lots of hands on experiences, Rob Grout from PukeAriki will be on hand to help educate the children as well.
Demonstrations on each day
Hay mowing/Raking, Hay sweeping, Building a real Hay & Silage Stack, Reaper & Binder, Harvesting Barley, Chaff Cutter,Thresher Mill, Ploughing, Pioneer Living - Coal Range, Spinning wheels, Laundry, Shearing, Potato Planting & harvesting, sawmill, pit sawing, Steam traction Engines, Stationary Engines, Tractor pulling (Sunday)
Heaps of free things for the kids to do …
Pony rides, Tractor Trailer rides, Needle in the haystack (lots of prizes), bikes, stilts, strong man, bouncy castle, animals/petting zoo (chickens, calves, lambs, Pippy the goat, guinea pigs, rabbit, alpaca’s, Baby the cow)
Heaps of hands on experiences – swede cutters, corn grinder, butter churning, cream separating, laundry washing the clothes the old fashioned way.
Each Hayday we donate the profits of the weekend to local charities, this year we have two that the club members felt strongly about, Taranaki Rural Support Trust and Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ.
If anyone has any vintage vehicles or machinery they wish to bring and put on display please feel free to do so, there will be plenty of space, ring Brenda Honnor on 06 754 7810 or 027 4415 935.