Big weekend brings festival to a close

18th Jan 2023

Guyra and District Automotive Club had a very successful day on Saturday with over 120 vehicles taking part in the Show and Shine event which was held as part of the 2023 Lamb and Potato Festival.
There was a huge variety of vehicles including cars, bikes, and trucks, which lined both sides of Bradley Street. The event attracted a large crowd from across the region on what was a perfect day with lots of sunshine. They were able to view the vehicles, chat to the owners and reminisce about all things mechanical.
Clubs travelled from far and wide to attend including Armidale, Tingha, Tamworth, Barraba, Uralla, Glen Innes, Gilgai, Old Mill, Inverell, Warialda, Kentucky, Walcha, Grafton, Yamba, Maclean, Bingara, Werris Creek, Stanthorpe Qld, Coutts Crossing, Tyndale, Wooleweyah, Ulmarra, Koolkhan and Clarenza.
The Guyra Antique Machinery Rally and swap meet was also held at the weekend. Held over two days, in conjunction with the Lamb and Potato Festival, the rally attracts enthusiasts from across NSW and Queensland.
President of the Guyra Historical Society Machinery group Gary Skinner said the rally was a great success. Fine weather on Saturday attracted large crowds, however Sunday was not so great due to the rain and cool weather.
Exhibitors travelled from as far afield as Canberra in the south and Warwick in the north. Many were returning visitors who enjoy the cool shade of the trees on the highway where the rally is held.
The machinery group have a permanent display of antique machinery in Guyra at the Railway Museum, which is open by request. Enquiries and visits can be arranged by contacting Gary on 0439 920 249. They are always on the lookout for new members and if you are interested in old machinery give Gary a call to get involved.
The New England Model Railway Club had a successful weekend at this year's Lamb and Potato Festival. Members from Narrabri, Moree, Inverell, Armidale and Guyra came together to display "Swanvale" and "Thomas the Tank Engine" layouts. Harris Dullaway also displayed his Lego train collection combined with a "Star Wars" theme this year. It was wonderful to be back this year and the Club would like to thank the Presbyterian Church for the use of the hall. It is great to be located so close to the main action of the festival. We are all looking forward to a bigger and better festival in 2024.

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