WELLINGTON Shire residents were spoilt for choice for activities over the long weekend, with no doubt many choosing to make it a Longford weekend at the 39th annual Vintage Tractor Pull, on March 12 2023.

Taking place at the Longford Recreation Reserve, more than 100 tractors took part in the demonstration. There was also a display of classic trucks and cars, vintage stationary engines, activities for the kids and much more for attendees of all ages to see and do. Stalls for local businesses serving food and drinks were also on-site.

There was a display of classic trucks, cars and vintage stationary engines at the Longford Tractor Pull. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Age of the tractors ranged from the 1910s to the 1960s. This year marked 100 years since John Deere released their famous D model, so a larger number of John Deere tractors were on display than usual.

Sale Vintage Tractor Club member, Steve Harley, told the Gippsland Times this year’s event “went really well”.

Vehicles on display for enthusiasts to see. Photo: Stefan Bradley

“We raised $6000 at the gate, which is excellent compared to other years,” he said.

“We have improved the way we organise the pull to ensure the action continues all day with minimal down time.”

The tractor pull utilises local community groups such as the CFA and kindergartens for gate duties and catering to help with their fundraising.

Crowd watching the pull demonstrations. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Mr Harvey said the pull also donates a portion of the profits to other community groups and events.

“Other profits go back into improving the event for the future,” he said.

“This (was) our 39th event, we have several families within our club who have three generations involved and a lot more with two generations involved. We try our best to encourage the younger generations to preserve our history for the future.”

One tractor enthusiast, Bill Shanley, had brought his John Deere 4020 diesel model from his home in Cooma, New South Wales.

Club member Brad Cumming putting his Bulldog to the test. Photo: Contributed

“I bought it 15 years ago. I painted it and put it in a shed and I got it out for today. First time it’s been out,” Mr Shanley said.

“I have 180 antique tractors.”

It’s no wonder Mr Shanley has so many tractors, considering he was dubbed World’s Best Tractor Collector by National Geographic in 2014.

For the Tractor Pull’s 40th anniversary next year, the club is planning to debut a brand new pulling sled.

They are also planning a pull demonstration on a Saturday evening into the dark, and have the regular event on the Sunday.

Hayden Peggie from West Gippsland. Tractors run in his family. Photo: Stefan Bradley
Tractors from all ages were at Longford.
Photo: Stefan Bradley
A number of trucks were also on display.
Photo: Stefan Bradley