Edendale gears up for annual event

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THE 31st annual Crank Up weekend will kick off with the street parade through Edendale streets on Friday, January 26, starting from Ferry Rd at 7pm, and ending at the Edendale Recreation Ground, followed by two days with hundreds of vehicles and machinery on display.

Crank Up attracts thousands of visitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas to Edendale during the two days it is held at the Edendale Recreation Grounds on Salford St. There is plenty of vehicle parking, which is clearly signposted for those attending.

The special guest for this year’s 31st celebrations is former All Black and rugby league player Marc Ellis and the main machinery featuring this year will be John Deere, Fordson and Chryslers.

The weekend is family-focused with a rural feel and there is always plenty to see and do, including all-day entertainment for everyone.

Entertainment includes lawnmower racing, the ever-popular tractor pull, country music performances, chaff cutting, tractor displays, pipe bands, vintage cars, stationary engines, performances by the Deep South Rhythm Band, vintage shearing, a grand parade on both days, helicopter rides, traction engines and more.

There will also be plenty of entertainment for children, as well as the popular food and craft stalls.

Crank Up is one of the biggest events held in Southland annually, with about 8000 visitors on average expected over the two days.The 31st annual Crank Up (2018), Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28, 10am, Edendale Recreation Grounds, $15 for adults, children under 16 free.

Please note: No dogs allowed on grounds.

For more information, go to www.edendalevmc.com

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