Enjoy the fun of farming like grandad

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Clydesdales, old engines – including vintage cars, motorbikes and farm machinery – will be on show in Kawerau this month at the annual ‘Farming like Grandad’ event.

The fun day out for all ages is on Sunday, January 27, on State Highway 30 opposite Military Rd, and is hosted by the Waterwheel Historic Trust.

“If your grandad farmed in the 1920s to 1960s this aims to replicate how it was done,” says trust co-chair Stephanie Johnson.

“Think heavy horses demonstrating ploughing and wagon rides, old tractors with smoke puffing from their exhausts and vintage farm machinery on display – from tractors to milking machines to sheep shearing equipment with a few sheep being shorn for good measure.”

There’s also traditional crafts from spinning to weaving – hands-on-fun of using a Singer sewing machine, learning how to knit, and make butter – plus games just like grandad used to play.

Plus, there’s a great ‘tractor parade’, an animal petting corner, music and food stalls. Gates open 10am-3pm on State Highway 30 Kawerau, opposite Military Rd. Entry is $5 for adults and no charge for children. Please leave dogs at home. All proceeds go to the Waterwheel project.