Roar of the mowers pull in the teenagers at Henty
September 20, 2012
Henty may be the mecca for big boys toys but the roar of mower engines had teenagers in a trance
at the field days this week.
The mowers, fitted with roll cages, big exhaust stacks and slick paint jobs, were part of the schools
mower pull, watched by hundreds of school students and their families.
In its sixth year, the event attracted a team of Year 11 and 12 automotive students from South
Australia’s St Patrick’s Technical College.
They were joined by Riverina teams from Billabong, Finley, Kooringal, Mount Austin and Kandeer
The mowers – generally limited to 17 hp – pulled a modified sled fitted with a 200kg weight box
along a 50m track. Often the mowers are old trade-ins donated to schools by local dealerships.
The event was run under the auspices of the Australian Tractor Pull Association, with all entrants
receiving medallions and certificates from the Henty Machinery Field Days.
Co-ordinator Joe Cottam said the mower pull had not only been a crowd puller, but also a fun
educational activity for students.
Young field day visitors were also given the opportunity to experience the thrill of mower pulling.
Mr Cottam said the program was developed to encourage students to consider a career in metal
engineering and automotive mechanical industries.
“The kids were having a ball – they took to it like ducks to water,’’ he said.
Kooringal High School head technical teacher Andrew Upton accompanied a team of six Year 9 boys
“We spent many hours over the last eight weeks getting the mower ready,’’ Mr Upton said.
“They love it and were excited about coming to Henty – some of these students would never have a
win in a normal classroom but this gives them the chance to have some success.’’
Josh Damschke, 15, of Wagga Wagga, helped build two mowers during metal class at Kooringal High
He gained new welding skills while working on the safety frames.
“I love the noise – my Dad is a mechanic and is into V8 drag racing so it’s in my blood,’’ Josh said.
“The people here were friendly - I really enjoyed it and will definitely come back.’’
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