READY TO FLY: Mark Norvall from the Leeton Model Aero Club was one of many to show off his planes during the Riverina Vintage Machinery Rally over the weekend. Photo: Ron Arel IT WAS a case of stepping back in time over the weekend when Leeton hosted the Riverina Vintage Machinery Rally.

The rally attracted hundreds of residents and visitors to the Leeton Jockey Club over two days.

Held every second year in Leeton. the event features many activities, stalls and entertainment.

One of the features again this year was the tractor trek on Saturday afternoon.

Twenty tractors of varying sizes took part in the journey, which took in the surrounding roads of Leeton and was a sight to behold.

Riverina Vintage Machinery Club publicity officer Laurie Withers said there had been some hiccups, but for the most part the rally was declared a success.

“We had been working on our track for the tractor pull, but due to the rain we weren’t able to complete it and that was held in the carpark,” he said.

“Unfortunately that meant those coming had to park at the showground and get across that way, which we do apologise for.

“In saying that people seemed happy over the two days and were enjoying themselves.

“We got lucky with the weather, so we are pretty pleased with how it all went.”The tractor pull is always a highlight of the event, which despite the change in plans, remained a key attraction of the rally.

Other notable activities that were “crowd pullers” included entertainment from the Leeton Town Band, as well as displays from the Leeton Model Aero Club.

As part of the weekend the National Historic Machinery Association held their annual general meeting in town, with members from every state in Australia heading to Leeton to attend.For Mr Withers this also meant a surprise was in store for him as well.

Along with the meeting and dinner, Mr Withers was made a life member of the association, which he said was an honour.

“It was for all of the work I’ve done over the years with the Riverina group, which I do enjoy doing,” he said.With the rally done in Leeton for another year, it won’t be long until preparations get underway for the next one.

Mr Withers was hopeful the tractor pull track would be completed come the next event.He said the rally wouldcontinue to grow.

“There were people there of all ages on the weekend, which is what we were after,” Mr Withers said.

“People enjoy having a look around at all of the different displays, asking questions and that sort of thing.I think it’s a great event for Leeton.” Mr Withers thanked the organisations involved in accommodating the parking of attendees overthe weekend.

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