Anniversary sub-committee

Henty history to come alive in time for 50th anniversary

March 22, 2013

Four Riverina farmers boasting a long association with the Henty Machinery Field Days are gathering memorabilia for the 50th anniversary event.

Colin Wood, who served as co-operative chairman for 30 years, will be joined on a sub-committee by Culcairn farmers Andrew Thomson and Barry Scholz, and Bryson Terlich, of Yerong Creek.

The committee will spend the next few months tracking down headers similar to the original three models displayed at the Henty one-day header school in 1961. The models were a self-propelled CLAAS, and the power take-off models, International A8-4 and Massey Ferguson 585 (grey wheels).

Committee members hope to have the three headers on display at the field days on September 17-19. The celebration will also coincide with the centenary of German agricultural machinery manufacturer, CLAAS.

Mr Wood appealed to the public with any photographs or memorabilia from the field days during the 1960s to contact the HMFD office.

Meanwhile, recent rainfalls of 40-60mm in the Henty district have generated early sowing of winter cereals.

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the renewed grower confidence had come on the back of the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia’s announcement of a boom year in tractor sales.

Last year 11,425 tractors were sold, putting 2012 among the top five years since 1987.

A bright spot was the activity in the tillage market, with strong sales in the large broadacre sector.

Mrs Anderson reminded last year’s Henty Machinery Field Days exhibitors to reapply by the end of May to guarantee a site. New site allocations will begin in July.

Mrs Anderson said Henty was gearing up for a record number of exhibitors this year with increased space available for additional sites.

She said preparations were well underway to make Henty’s 50th anniversary a spectacular event for the whole family.