SHEFFIELD will be putt- putt-putting with activity next weekend for the annual Steamfest festival.
Patrons at the event, held over three days beginning on Saturday, will get the opportunity to step back into Tasmania's pioneering past to see the largest working display of steam engines and heritage machinery.
Bullock demonstrations, blacksmith workshops, draught horse ploughing and a display of veteran and vintage cars will delight people of all ages.
Other activities include the tractor-pulling competition, medieval jousting, horse- drawn vehicle displays, spinning and weaving, antique lamps, and more than 60 market stalls.
Steamfest organiser Chris Martin said event operators would be working the machinery from 9.30am to 5.30pm, with a grand parade held at 3pm each day.
"Visitors can immerse themselves in a fascinating era by watching demonstrations," Mr Martin said.
"There are steam train rides every half-hour, and working exhibitions of steam-powered machinery such as chaff cutters, threshers, straw presses and rock crushers."
For more information visit www.steamfest.redwater. org.au
- ISABEL BIRD