TIME WARP: Allora resident Greg Patterson looking over a restored Farmall tractor at a past Allora Heritage Weekend. It's all happening again this year on January 26 and 27 at the Allora Showgrounds.
TIME WARP: Allora resident Greg Patterson looking over a restored Farmall tractor at a past Allora Heritage Weekend. It's all happening again this year on January 26 and 27 at the Allora Showgrounds. Contributed

Early rural life to be celebrated in small town

THE upcoming 2019 Allora Heritage Weekend looms on the horizon, lifting the curtains on another year of amazing events on the Southern Downs.

Lyle Johnson, chairman of organising group the Allora Heritage Weekend Association, is once again expecting to see all roads leading to the Best Little Town on the Downs on Australia Day weekend, Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27.

As in past years, a stream of historical vehicles and machinery is expected to converge on the picturesque Allora Showgrounds beside the New England Highway.

For two days the showground precinct will be transported back in time to various points across the past couple of centuries, highlighting the vehicles and machinery that played such a significant role in the development of rural industry and life in Australia.

While it will provide significant memories for some, and a wondrous education for others, you can be certain it will hold the attention of the thousands who are expected through the showground gates with a display that is rated among the best of its type in the nation.

The Heritage Weekend is known nationally and indeed internationally, having been a subject in historical machinery magazines of Britain and other countries.

Born in 1995, it is amazing what has been achieved considering the event's humble beginning, bred from an opportunity for local enthusiasts to roll their vehicles, machinery and motors out of their sheds and have a bit of fun.

Horse-drawn vehicles and machinery will be on display at the upcoming 2019 Allora Heritage Weekend.
Horse-drawn vehicles and machinery will be on display at the upcoming 2019 Allora Heritage Weekend. Contributed

In a few short years to the year 2000, the Heritage Weekend was famous throughout Queensland and New South Wales and provided a line-up of hundreds of displays - the large majority working - for the enjoyment of the endless crowds rolling up to the event.

Those who take the time to head to Allora for what is an historical feast enjoy the experience immensely, local enthusiasts and restorers who have become the heart and soul of the weekend insist that arranging the 'step back in time' is anything but hard work as they also catch up to compare notes and experiences.

While historical machinery will roll into Allora from many points throughout Australia, the contribution from local vehicle and machinery restorers gives accurate recollections of the historical past of the region.

Since 2001, the Allora Heritage Weekend organisers have nominated feature vehicles and machinery as a focal point of the event.

This year the successful concept continues the feature avenue of machinery, highlighting Allis Chalmers tractors, British trucks, pre-war vehicles, Cooper and Ruston Hornsby engines, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and a broad section encompassing the steam era.

A first this year will be a working steam display as a featured attraction.

The well-established heritage machinery tradition in Queensland will also pack out the showgrounds with vintage and veteran cars, trucks and motorcycles, antiques, historical machinery of all makes, shapes, sizes and ages, along with horse-drawn machinery focusing on our nation's formative agricultural times.

The spirit of Aussie bush poetry will add to the heritage theme, with the voices of local and visiting poets echoing across the showgrounds.

Helicopter joy rides across the Allora area will be another addition to the Heritage Weekend program.

As in past years, there will be a swap meet covering the two days, and the word is the 2019 meet will be huge. The popular cent sale will be conducted in aid of Days For Girls.

For further information, camping and events, phone Ted Woodrow on 0418 875 469, Mark Grosskopf on 0438 623 734 or Lyle Johnson on 0409 766 288.



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