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TAS Country : February 16th 2012
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 17, 2012 News Power display pulls a crowd MIGHTY MACHINES: Geoff Fish and Reg Linton of Oatlands discuss the finer points of harvesters. Pictures: MATT THOMPSON WORKING THE LAND: Clockwise from middle, above, the local lads check out the fat lamb entries; Derril Ashdown of the Hobart Vintage Machinery Society with an early Lister engine; Ford to the fore; the dozers were a big hit; and old and new horse power, with Karen Fish of Oatlands leading the parade. ROGER HANSON FARM machinery both modern and old came to life at the Working Bullock Festival at Oatlands. The lure of seeing vintage farm machinery in action and in com- petition against modern machinery, a working bullock team, animals, an innovative children's show and an auction was irresistible for those seeking an exciting family day out. Not only did the 1500-strong crowd get the chance to see the latest farm machinery in action, but they could also celebrate the way things were once done in the ''Then and Now'' themed festival. ''It was an excellent day and was well-supported by locals,'' festival committeeman Andrew Fish said. The Midlands Multi-Purpose Health Centre has received a signifi- cant boost from the festival, with all proceeds going to its support. ''We raised about $1000 in the auction alone from donated goods on the day,'' Mr Fish said. The Bulldozer Parade, which fea- tured a line-up of Caterpillar bull- dozers from D2 to the latest D7, was again a festival hit. ''It was really interesting to see the new machinery and then see the working bullock team in action,'' Mr Fish said. The demonstration of the working bullock team was a festival highlight. The last festival was in 2009, and the next one will be in two or three years. ''The weekend was well enough supported for it to be to run again,'' Mr Fish said. ''It is hard to get all the suppliers and exhibitors together, so it's better to do it correctly and have a gap to give people time.'' Vintage field days, P22.
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