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Weekend that’s got the lot

It’s another ‘Big Weekend’ of events in Kyabram that will provide a boost for many local charity organisations and worthy causes.

March 14, 2014 11:45am

With several major events taking place in Kyabram on Saturday and Sunday it looks like being a great weekend for the town.

Some of the events are new to Kyabram this year, while other more familiar ones have some changes or special features.

The weekend starts with family fun at the St Augustine’s College and Parish Fete on Friday evening.

A big crowd is expected at Kyabram Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday for the second International Mack Muster that is on in conjunction with this year’s Kyabram Vintage Engine and Machinery Rally.

About 100 trucks are expected for the muster, almost double that attended the first Mack Muster at Colac in 2010, with trucks heading to Kyabram from Queensland, South Australia, NSW and all parts of Victoria.

Among the trucks expected to take part are the oldest Mack in Australia, a 1919 AC, and a rare limited edition 1988 bicentennial Superliner.

Rally organiser David Willies said the trucks on show would mainly be Macks, but owners of other makes were welcome to attend.

A celebration three-course dinner with guest speakers is on site at Kyabram Showgrounds on Saturday evening.

For tickets to the dinner or more information about the muster, phone organisers David Willies on 0428692753 or ‘Disco’ on 0428610279.

The 17th annual Kyabram Vintage Engine and Machinery Rally will have a special tractor feature this year with the David Brown Tractor Club of Australia invited to take part.

The Australian branch of the club was formed in 2009 by a small group of enthusiasts and since then it has grown to about 80 members.

Club secretary Andrew Gubbins said the club was pleased to be invited to the rally and planned to have a significant number of David Brown tractors on show for the weekend.

‘‘By attending these events we hope to give our members the chance to meet and display their tractors or catch up with other members. We also hope to attract new members who come to have a look at the David Browns on display,’’ Mr Gubbins said.

Allan St will again be gleaming with chrome when the MEOFF committee’s 18th Kyabram Charity Poker Run sets off from Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

About 300 motorcycles, with 350 riders and pillion passengers, are expected to take part.

The main ride will set off from Memorial Gardens, Allan St at 1pm and follow a 230km route including Rushworth, Tooleen, Heathcote, Nagambie and this year Murchison instead of Murchison East, before a final stop at the Ky West Hotel.

The shorter ride of about 130km is suited to less experienced riders and those with smaller motorcycles.

MEOFF committee member Warren Ratcliffe said the poker run was a friendly event that provided motorcyclists with an opportunity to meet old and new friends and go for an enjoyable ride.

The final event of the big weekend is the inaugural ‘A Day Beneath the Gums’ food, beer, wine and music festival at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.

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