September 20, 2019
Tractors and trucks manufactured by International Harvester will be be the focus of this weekend’s Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club rally in Kingaroy.
The brand dates back to 1902, when the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, Deering Harvester Company and several smaller agricultural equipment firms merged in the United States to form International Harvester.
IH’s McCormick-Deering tractors were a familiar sight on South Burnett farms for years and many are expected to turn out for this weekend’s rally.
But there won’t just be IH tractors and trucks on show.
The massive display, at the club’s grounds in Geoff Raph Drive near Kingaroy Airport, will also include stationary engines, crawlers, cars, motorbikes, harvesters and steam engines.
All the popular attractions will be back as well, including grand parades each day, tractor pulling, corn threshing and the slow tractor races.
The two-day rally gets under way at 8:00am on Saturday with a “tractor trek”.
This will be followed by tractor pulls and the slow tractor race at 9:00am.
The first of the two Grand Parades on Saturday is scheduled for 10:00am (the second will be at 2:00pm).
During the afternoon there will also be corn-picking and threshing demonstrations, a ploughing demonstration (4:00pm) and another tractor pull.
On Sunday, the day will start with the tractor trek at 8:00am, followed by tractor pull and slow tractor race at 9:00am and a Grand Parade at 11:00am.
The day will wind up at noon.
Entry is $10 for adults, children under 12 are free
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