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TAS Country : March 15th 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 News HORSE POWER: Stephanie Clark with her two Clydesdales, Carmen and Matilda. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Farming from another era TIME WARP: Old farm machinery starred at the Heritage weekend. TOP: Patrons enjoying the train ride. Above, chaff cutter blades. Below, David Perry with his chaff cutter, which will soon be restored. KAROLIN MacGREGOR ROCK STAR: Carl Dick with his crusher, which made its first public showing at the Sassafras weekend. Caption5 Caption6 PERFECT weather gave organisers of the biennial Sassafras Heritage Farm- ing Weekend plenty to smile about. Thousands of people walked though the gates of the Perry family's property at Sassafras over the three- day event. This year was the sixth heritage weekend event and Mr Perry said it was a team effort. ''I'm really pleased with how it's all come together,'' he said. ''Our organising committee isn't doing this for money, we're doing this to preserve history and so the youn- ger generation can come and see how things used to be done.'' Mr Perry said the weekend was a chance for collectors of vintage ma- chinery to show off some of their carefully restored equipment and have a catch-up at the same time. ''A lot of this stuff is just sitting around in sheds most of the time, so it's good to be able to bring it to something like this so people can see it,'' he said. ''We all enjoy getting together, it's a good social event for us as well.'' This year's display included ex- hibits from all over the state and from Victoria. The weekend involves members from a number of machinery and collector groups including the Histori- cal Machinery Club of Tasmania, the Bits and Pieces Club and the Hobart Vintage Machinery Society. Mr Perry said getting ready for this year's event had involved building a small train track to cater for the miniature steam train which was exhibited for the first time this year. Making a flat area for the train tracks involved shifting about 900m2 of soil. ''We had to put a lot of dirt in there to get a flat area,'' Mr Perry said. ''Then it took us about a week to weld all the tracks together, but it looks fantastic now and everyone is enjoying going for a ride on it.'' Mr Perry said they had visitors from all over the state come to the weekend as well as mainland tourists and some overseas visitors. ''Some of the things we have here people have never seen before, so it's quite an education for them,'' he said. As well as machinery, the weekend also includes a variety of demon- strations of yesteryear activities including rope making, dry stone walling, working draught horses, grain threshing, chaff cutting and stone crushing.
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