Dear Members and Friends
Once again our small but enthusiastic group have excelled themselves with putting on a huge SteamFest.
It is without doubt the largest show we have put on with in excess of 100 stalls (thanks to stall convenor Marc Beach-Ross) and a huge increase in exhibitors including a strong contingent from the Historical Machinery Club and our wonderful new display with the Light Horse Demonstration (thanks Tim McGee for organizing this one)
There were so many members and friends who put in 100% effort during the weekend to make sure everything went smoothly and the assistance of those like Rob and Lyn Bennett from the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, Peter Garnham (from the Maitland SteamFest) and Ian Lovi from NSW, Ray Eisle from Hobart and many others who assisted for the weekend really filled some critical gaps on engines and displays. It certainly is a tribute to volunteerism and community to look around at what has been achieved at our 19th SteamFest. For those who didn’t make it by the way our webmistress Judy MacKenzie now has a good collection of SteamFest photos on this new SteamFest website.
Members and Friends – next year we mark the auspicious 20th SteamFest and 100th year since of railway first commenced in Sheffield. Plans are already underway to make it an extra large SteamFest and we need your help again both on the organizing committee and on the March Longweekend. So please if you are interested in assisting with the organizing make contact with me by phone on 0429 418 739 or email – email@example.com.
Thanks again to all who assisted and lastly I would like to thank the SteamFest Committee – Marc BeachRoss, Barb Wells, Kris Carmody, Martin Walsh, Noel Tunbridge, Dave Fisher, Nigel Beeke, and David Obrien along with key organizers who don’t attend SteamFest Meetings like Eric and Coral Howe, Terry Dooley and Peter Martin for their support during and in the lead up to the event. Our meetings were sometimes long but they were always entertaining and motivating!
I am looking forward to the 20th SteamFest -which will be opened by the Governor of Tasmania, the honorable Peter Underwood – and by the way it was confirmed last weekend that our 21st will also be particularly special! The National Historical Machinery Association has confirmed that the biennual National Historical Machinery Rally is to be held at Quercus Park on the weekend before SteamFest 2015. There is already much interest from machinery owners in the idea of attending the National Rally and road running their equipment over 2 days to Sheffield for the 21st SteamFest. We have two big years ahead!