Bulldog star at Orara Valley Fair
A BULLDOG will be among the stars of Sunday's Orara Valley Fair.
But the three-tonne KL Bulldog is no ordinary beast - it is an extraordinary tractor.
One of fewer than 900 of the Australian-made tractors ever produced, this vintage Upper Orara machine is a rare working Bulldog.
Owner Doug Hoschke, the President of the Karangi Vintage Farm Machinery Museum, doesn't take the Bulldog for a spin very often.
Starting the snorting monster is a theatrical performance that takes at least 15 minutes and involves considerable ingenuity.
"They were not a commercial success,because they were a bastard to start", Museum member Dave said.
"The wheat cockies used to leave them running all night to save starting them in the morning."
Also infamous for noise and vibration, the barking Bulldog is also known for squirting the occasional gout of black oil at its detractors from its exhaust when idling.
At Sunday's Orara Valley Fair, visitors will have the chance to see the irascible Bulldog in operation.
Also in operation at the Fair will be the tiny but indomitable Ransome crawler tractor,a machine that helped build the Coffs Coast's early banana industry.
The Fair, held on the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve on Dairyville Rd, will run from 10am to 4pm on Sunday and will include wood chopping events, live music, comedy and dancing, all-ages circus workshops, market stalls, children's races and games, food and drink, displays and demonstrations.
A free bus to and from the Fair will leave the Park Ave bus stop at 10am on Sunday. Entry to the Fair is $5 adults, $2school age children. Parking is free, but war old shoes or boots, as these are cow paddocks on every other day of the week.
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- The Fair will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve on Dairyville Road. Beaumonts are supplying a free bus which leaves Park Avenue at 10am. Entry is $5 adults and $2 for school age children.