Event cranks up the crowds

Kaine Rogers (2), of Gore, was not going to let his day at the Crank-Up be marred by a few drops...
Kaine Rogers (2), of Gore, was not going to let his day at the Crank-Up be marred by a few drops of rain. Photo by Margaret Phillips.
Edendale Crank-Up has become a not-to-be-missed event for thousands of people throughout the country and, in some cases, overseas.

Crank-Up convener Neil Irwin estimated about 7000 people, not including children under 16, poured through the gates on Saturday. Final numbers were not yet available for Sunday, he said.

There were 90 mobile homes containing Crank-Up goers parked in the Edendale School grounds compared with between 60 to 70 in other years, Mr Irwin said.

‘‘After 22 years [the Crank-Up] had grown so much in popularity - there is so much variety,'' Mr Irwin said.

Among reasons for the event's success was that it catered for a wide variety of people and interests, he said.

Others were:
- It has a wide appeal for those who are interested in vintage machinery.

- There is a myriad of entertainment options for children and teenagers.

- There are 150 craft stalls, which appeal to creative people.

- The elderly especially enjoy the event because they can sit and watch the almost non-stop entertainment in the ring.

- It is a fairly inexpensive day out for the whole family because children under 16 do not have to pay an entry fee and the cost was $10 per adult.

‘‘It's a very good day out and very reasonable,'' Mr Irwin said.

Organisers were complimented on the smooth-running of the event each year, Mr Irwin said.

It appeared that once people had attended their first Crank-Up they were drawn back year after year, Mr Irwin said.


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