Bypass means minor changes to Crank Up

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Edendale Vintage Machinery Club president Sharron Caughey checks out where the Crank Up grand parade used to be. This year it would be moved across the Fonterra access road to a new site, and the steam engines and the Southland branch of New Zealand Military Vehicle Collectors Club would use the space. Photo: Janette Gellatly

IT’S the same, but different.

The 33rd annual Crank Up weekend’s format is more-or-less the same, but the attractions have been moved ever so slightly to adjust for the recently opened roundabout and bypass at Edendale.

Hosted by the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club, its president Sharron Caughey said questions were raised including where to park, and where all the attractions, events and grand parade would be.

Following its usual format, the weekend would begin with the street parade through Edendale tomorrow, at 7pm, starting from Ferry Rd and ending at the Edendale Recreation Grounds, followed by two days with hundreds of vehicles and machinery on display. Due to the realignment of State Highway 1 which bypasses Edendale, the Edendale Recreation Grounds have been slightly altered.

Mrs Caughey said those arriving from the north could approach the event via the slip lane to Edendale and park in the recreation grounds, while vehicles coming from the south could enter via the new roundabout. There will be signage.

Event-goers would notice the grand parade ring, Southern Tractor Pull and craft stalls would be where the steam engines had been for the past couple of years, on the far side of Fonterra’s access road which would be closed for the event.

“However, the tractors will be in the same place, as will the kids’ entertainment,” Mrs Caughey said.

“The site will be very visible from the new bypass.”

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