Crowds flock to Crank Up event

20:47, Jan 27 2013
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Owen Anderson, of Waimatuku, with the Ford 4000 with Howard rotor pads that he is the part owner of at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Southland Steam Engine Club vice-president Nathan Scurr with a 1910 8hp Marshall traction engine at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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The Ford tractor parade gets underway at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Estee Kirby, 11, tries her luck at climbing a ladder for cash at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Isaiah, 13, and Alex McLellan looking at a 1928 Model A Roadster Pickup, similar to one they have at home, at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Kieran Coyle, 11, flies down the Titanic slide at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Paige Cromarty, 8, picks out her favourite stuffed toy in the craft shed at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Members of the Military Re-enactment Society ready for battle at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
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Baylee Thomas, 6, catches a ride at the Edendale Crank Up Day on Saturday.
Edendale Crank Up Street Parade
Edendale photographer Tina McGregor captured this image of the street parade for the Edendale Crank Up.
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Edendale photographer Tina McGregor caputured this image during the street parade for the Edendale Crank Up.

Sunshine and steam engines proved a winning combination at this year's Crank Up event, with massive crowds turning out for the vintage machinery festival at the weekend.

Crank Up convener Neil Irwin said the good weather had helped draw in a big crowd across the two-day event.

"We had a brilliant day [on Saturday], probably one of the biggest crowds we've had since Sir Edmund Hillary was here."

He had not yet sat down to add up crowd numbers, but believed the event attracted thousands of spectators.

Mr Irwin believed one of the most popular displays was a group of 50 Model T Fords, dating from the early 1900s.

It was impressive to see so many of the century-old cars in one place, but the event had also offered entertainment for those who were not interested in machinery, he said.

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This year's special guest, Olympic rower Nathan Cohen, was in demand with visitors.

"Nathan Cohen has been such a hit, particularly with the kids. They're all getting autographs and photos and hanging on to the gold medal."

Mr Irwin said the Crank Up team would spend today cleaning up before returning to work and tomorrow.

Plans for next year's Crank Up event, which would highlight 100 years of tractors in New Zealand, were already under way, he said. lauren.hayes@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times