Crank Up to feature Italian›made cars


NEW Zealand champion and World Champion shearer Sir David Fagan and well›known com› edian Te Radar are special guests at the 29th annual Crank Up weekend in Edendale on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January
The event attracts visitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas each year.
The main machinery feature this year will be Ferguson tractors and farming implements — with num› bers still to be confirmed as ‘‘there is one under every hedge’’, Crank Up convenor Ken Bell said.
Italian›made cars and BMWs will also feature, along with vintage tractors, cars, stationery motors and other types of machinery.
Crank Up will kick off with the Street Parade through Edendale streets on Friday, January 29 from 7pm, starting and finishing at the Edendale Domain.
‘‘A lot of locals support the parade. People are out in front of their houses having picnics. It really is a local attraction but many [people also] come from outside the area as the streets are always well›lined,’’ Mr Bell said.
The main event will be held at the Edendale Domain on Salford St and begins at 10am both days. It is a family›focused and fun week› end with plenty to see and do. Entertainment for 2016 includes the new addition of lawnmower racing, which was proving popular at other events, shearing displays, Highland dancers, country music, marching performances, pipe bands, working displays of old machinery, traction engines and vintage cars, childrens’ entertain› ment, and the popular food and craft stalls.
Edendale is situated about half› way between Invercargill and Gore. Crank Up is among the biggest events held in Southland with 10,000 visitors or more expected over the two days. Adults $15, children under 16 free. No dogs allowed on grounds.
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