When you’re at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest this year, make sure you head on down to the Rally Ground, a bustling hive of activity which celebrates and showcases engineering ingenuity across a range of machinery from the steam era.

You’ll find entertainment for the whole family including Sanjex Seratti with his vintage games and penny farthing demonstrations. Sanjex is keen to pass on his passion of the steam era, saying “I’m looking forward to passing on a bit of history about the penny farthing and sharing the old ways and an appreciation of the old steam technology”.

At the Rally Ground you’ll also find wood carving demonstrations by Chainsaw Artist Mark Ray and workshops with Steampunk Sydney where you’ll have the opportunity to pose for a photo or hear about the history of Steampunk.

Brought together by Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association, the Rally Ground features one of Australia’s largest collections of portable engines, traction engines and vintage farming equipment.

John Preston’s Sooty

You’ll be amazed at the endless display of portable and traction engines including old favourite Sooty. Listen to a steam powered radio or buy a fresh hot cob of corn cooked by steam power.

Mini portable designed and built by Simon Pritchard

The Rally Ground also features a dedicated kids area with coal shoveling, miniature railway rides and the trackless train to get you from one end of the Rally Ground to the other.

Entry fee to the Rally Ground is $2, children under 16 years are free of charge. Please note that some activities also incur charges.

View the full Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest program here.

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