Vintage Harvest Rally
This much loved Wairarapa family event is only held every four years at Clareville Showgrounds.
You'll see rare, private collections of machinery in action in farming demonstrations. Get up close to machines restored by hand to original working condition.
Discover how wheat was harvested 100 years ago with man power and horse power! One of the highlights of the rally will be the harvesting of a specially planted wheat field. The harvesting, threshing and milling process will all be done by vintage machinery - a sight well worth seeing. Magnificent draft horses will harvest a wheat crop with a binder and a Clayton Shuttleworth mill will be working.
Also on display will be vintage trucks, tractors, stationary engines and farming memorabilia from private collections. See the rare Foden steam lorry which for almost 30 years was a familair sight inthe Wairarapa.The six ton, C-type wagon was based in Cornwall Street, Masterton between 1925 to 1958 and was often seen carrying metal for roads, firewood for families and wool from farms to awaiting trains at the railway station. The wagon is a rare piece of machinery - in fact it is the only working one of its type in New Zealand - and has been completely restored and painted bright yellow. Now based in the South Island it will be the star attraction at the Wairarapa Vintage Machinery Club’s Harvest Rally.