Crank Up gets new layout and more space

22:45, Jan 22 2014
Neil Irwin and Robert Leggett
FELLOW ENTHUSIASTS: Edendale Crank Up convener Neil Irwin and Edendale Vintage Machinery club president Robert Leggett chat about the Crank Up event.

A new layout and a marquee are two of the biggest changes for the 2014 Edendale Crank Up, which this year will celebrate 100 years of Morris and Dodge and 110 years of tractors in New Zealand.

Crank Up convener Neil Irwin said the changes were the start of a new era for the event.

Fences had been taken down and rebuilt in other places to increase the size of the grounds, so they now spread over five paddocks as well the Edendale Recreational Grounds.

The marquee was 30m by 12m and would hold about 350 people.

"It's designed for people to have a rest and a cup of tea and watch the entertainment," Mr Irwin said.

The new layout had been designed by the organising committee to centralise the entertainment, activities and machinery.

People from all over the country are expected to flock to the weekend event. Mr Irwin said over the years many celebrities had attended the Crank Up and this year would be no different.

Strongman Levi Vaoga would attend the show for his third year, along with chef Michael Van de Elzen, from television's The Food Truck.

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