Northern Tasmania regularly hosts an unusual national championship event. People travel from all over the world to the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championship.
Fun Times: Evandale Village Fair
Apparently, there are several entrants who come from interstate to Evandale each time, and even some international competitors. There was certainly a big crowd at the 2010 spectacle to enjoy the entertainment and the fabulous summer weather.
Penny Farthing Championship Races
The penny farthing championship races are just something you just don’t see everyday. It was fun! The races were exciting, captivating spectators held safely behind hay-bale barriers. The riders clearly take the title very seriously, as they leaned into the corners of the town circuit.
Huw Morgan from New South Wales was the winner in 2010, consolidating his wins from the previous two years. The race schedule was a day of solid activity, with championship heats, novelty events and age-group races.
Historic Evandale Village Fair
It wasn’t all sprinting though. The week-long penny farthing carnival included road races, one covering an agonising 161kms. Can you imagine spending all day in the saddle of an ancient bike? Huw Morgan obviously can, as he finished in first place in that event too, just to prove his versatility!
Historically held during February in Evandale, the organisers had this show humming. The National Penny Farthing Championship combined with the Evandale Village Fair to provide even more interest for visitors.
Performers and stallholders took over the town oval. There were displays of vintage machinery and vehicles, and groups strolled the streets in period costume. One lady even performed tricks on a penny farthing bicycle… in a long skirt, no less!
Parade: Penny Farthing Era
Late in the afternoon, the show culminated in a grand parade. Utilising the race circuit around the village green, brass bands marched between vintage cars. The clowns and the fairies danced between penny farthing enthusiasts. Where else but Tasmania could you enjoy such a day out?
For more details visit the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championship website.