Vintage machinery exhibition showcased at annual country show

MACHINERY ON SHOW: Mil Lel Steam and Machinery Association member Ian Ploenges will be among those exhibiting vintage stationary engines, farm machinery and tractors at the Mil Lel Spring Show on Saturday. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

AROUND 10 years ago, Ian Ploenges received a call to exhibit his vintage engines at the Mil Lel Spring Show to save the program from disarray.

“The horse flu outbreak is how I initially became involved,” Mr Ploenges told The Border Watch ahead of the 80th Mil Lel show tomorrow.

“The Mil Lel show is predominantly a horse show, so when the horse flu hit that year they had to replace the horse events with something else.

“We had quite a large tractor exhibit, but I was probably the only one who had stationary engines.

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