Rally lures 3000

September 04, 2017

Bob Wright enjoys the Emerald Bank Heritage Rally and Market Day from the top of a 1972 Massey Ferguson 135.

Plenty of fathers and their kids were among the thousands of people to visit yesterday’s Emerald Bank Heritage Rally and Market day.

Now in its sixth year, the event is an annual Father’s Day drawcard, attracting people of all ages from across Victoria.

Shepparton Motor Museum curator Graeme Balfour said about 3000 people turned out to enjoy the activities and attractions.

‘‘It’s been a great day considering the weather could have been nasty for us,’’ Ms Balfour said.

‘‘We’ve been overwhelmed with the response, feedback has been positive and it’s been a fantastic line-up.’’

There were plenty for kids and their fathers of all ages to enjoy with vehicles and machinery on display and fresh food, crafts and other goods available to purchase at the market.

A petting zoo and face painting kept the youngest of kids happy while hot coffee energised the dads to stroll through the field of vintage cars.

Among the many things to see and do, Mr Balfour said the wood chopping had proven to be pretty popular, with kids lining up to prove their strength.

‘‘The wagon rides with the Clydesdale horses have been popular, too, so they’ve been queueing up for a ride,’’ he said.

‘‘Then there was the Rock ’n’ Roll band and dancers performing in the museum, and the late-1800s printing press has been printing.’’

Mr Balfour said people were drawn to the heritage rally because it offered a chance to see all of Emerald Bank’s exhibits working.

‘‘Normally during the week things are static, but things are working today for their original purpose.’’

Mr Balfour said organisers were certainly not disappointed with the overcast and slightly damp weather, with some visitors already expressing eagerness to come back and visit next year.

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