Farming heritage kept front and centre

Keeping farming heritage front and centre for 40 years

Members of the Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club are celebrating 40 years of displays at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Members of the Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club are celebrating 40 years of displays at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

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One of the Henty Machinery Field Days biggest drawcards, the vintage machinery display, is marking its 40th anniversary this year. Founding members were Pleasant Hills farmers Max Hogg, Kerry Pietsch and Kevin Terlich. They were all vintage machinery enthusiasts who gathered a few tractors and implements for a working display in 1977.

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One of the Henty Machinery Field Days biggest drawcards, the vintage machinery display, is marking its 40th anniversary this year.

Founding members were Pleasant Hills farmers Max Hogg, Kerry Pietsch and Kevin Terlich.

They were all vintage machinery enthusiasts who gathered a few tractors and implements for a working display in 1977.

The display was such a resounding success the men formed the Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club.

Although Kevin has passed away, Max and Kerry have continued to help stage the display each year, drawing on many themes.

Club members from throughout the region volunteer their time to prepare and transport machinery.

They man the site over the field days to entertain, inform and educate the public.

To mark the milestone, Max, Kerry and club president Trevor Terlich will cut an anniversary cake at The Stump on Thursday, September 21, at 10.30am.

Mr Terlich said the first display in 1977 comprised a working field day of vintage tractors and implements at the present site of the field days dam.

“They thought while the older machinery is still around and virtually going for nothing, why not put it to a better use,’’ Mr Terlich said.

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