Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club will be celebrating the Festival of Yesteryear

Back to the future: Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club president Brian Jones and vice-president David Craig with tractors that will be on display during the field days. Photo: Rachael Webb

Back to the future: Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club president Brian Jones and vice-president David Craig with tractors that will be on display during the field days. Photo: Rachael Webb

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ADVANCES in modern farming means many of today’s machines operate at the flick of a switch or the press of a button, but, not too long ago, this was far from the case.

Farmers needed to get up early in the morning to get their machines fired up and ready to complete a day’s work. Tools needed to be made from scratch and cows had to be milked by hand.

The Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club will be celebrating the Festival of Yesteryear theme at the field days by showcasing the machines and techniques of times past at their permanent site on the grounds.

“There will be lots of modern equipment on display at the field days and rightly so,” club vice-president David Craig said. “But we want to make sure people don’t forget about the machines of yesteryear and the challenges farmers used to face.”

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A number of trucks, cars, tractors and stationary machines will be on display, as well as displays of old-time farming techniques, as part of the Festival of Yesteryear.

The vehicles will include a 1952 Fordson Major tractor, a 1954 Morris Commercial and a 1957 Ferguson. 

A blacksmith will be forging metal and creating tools of yesteryear, while a fencer will demonstrate how to construct and repair an old post and rail fence.

There will be displays of chainsaw art, wood turning and leather work.

Watch a whipmaker construct a cracking whip that would have been used to lead a bullocky train down long, arduous dirt tracks.

A swag of experts and skilled workers will be available to discuss techniques and answer questions.

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