Nichola Yarrow demonstrates the corn grinder at Yangan.
Nichola Yarrow demonstrates the corn grinder at Yangan. Gerard Walsh

Relic from yesteryear

AT 13 years of age, Nichola Yarrow was having a great time grinding corn at yesterday's Heavy Horse Day at Mick Bradford's property at Yangan.

She was attending her second Heavy Horse Day with her mother Jodie Yarrow and her mother's partner Cameron Lowe.

They brought stationary engines from Gatton to Yangan, along with small farming equipment from yesteryear, like the hand corn-grinder.

“I enjoy the Heavy Horse Day,” Nichola said.

Mr Lowe puts two stationary engines on a truck, as well as other equipment, and heads to an event like the Heavy Horse Day once a month.

“It is a hobby and keeps me out of the pub,” he said.

“It (stationary engine display) costs about the same as if I went to the pub.

“I meet wonderful people at these days like Cookie Tickle and Mick Bradford.

“What Mick does is fantastic. He deserves a pat on the back.”

Mr Lowe spends a lot of time restoring motors but puts them to good use pumping water, shelling corn, driving a generator with an old Lister, cutting firewood or making chaff.

Mr Bradford said attendance at the Heavy Horse Day this year was on a par with other years.

“The number of volunteers is increasing each year. I had about 12 right-hand men.”



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