Greg Caple turns into the Glen Alvie rec reserve on his Ferguson tractor after joining a tractor driver’s rally around the district last Sunday. m571517

WITH the prospect of lightning, pennant golf was called off on Sunday.
And there was a sign on the door at the State Coal Mine to say that the big Sustainability Festival had also been abandoned.
The change in the weather also challenged the Luminous Street Festival around the Western Port towns.
But a cold snap, accompanied by plenty of rain wasn’t about to discourage a hardy group of local tractor enthusiasts who still embarked on their first local tractor rally as a show of solidarity with the dairy farmers who are still doing it tough at the moment.
“At short notice and with the weather turning against us, we didn’t get quite the numbers we’d hoped for but it’s been a success all the same,” said organiser Russell Sanders.
“We’ve got people here from up at Bairnsdale who say they are going to run one, others from Bendigo who plan to do likewise and we’ve also got an official from the Harry Ferguson Association of Australia, who came along to encourage us.
“I definitely think it’s got potential but I think some people who might have liked to come and bring their tractor might have felt a bit self-conscious about it.”
They needn’t have worried.
It was just a fun community event with a delicious barbecue lunch turned on by the Rotary Club of Phillip Island, with meat supplied by the machinery dealers of Leongatha.
Drivers of about a dozen tractors set off from the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve at 9am, headed for Glen Forbes where they stopped for morning tea, then on to Glen Alvie for lunch.
With the weather turning cold, the tractor drivers tried to rug up and suit-up in their wet weather gear.
But after thawing out in the Glen Alvie Hall, conversation was soon animated, especially about how much better the event could be in good weather with more support.
“We’ll look at running it again some other time, now that we know what we’re doing but we’ll just leave it for a while now. All in all, we were pretty happy with it,” said Russell.