The wheels of time turn back 100 years as the peaceful village of Evandale in northern Tasmania once again plays host to the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships. The Evandale Village Fair is held annually in February, and features a full program of Penny Farthing bicycle racing featuring the National Penny Farthing Championship. Started in 1983 the Evandale Penny Farthing races attract enthusiasts from across Australia and around the world. Accompanying the Penny Farthings races are a country fair and period themed festival.
Since 1983 the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships has built up a reputation for holding the most competitive Penny Farthing races in the world. This year promises to live up to the reputation.
Events that will be held in 2014 include:
- The feature race of the day, the National Penny Farthing Championship. The fastest eight riders advance through heats in to the final, which is over 4 laps of the circuit, a total distance of one mile.
- Separate championship races for ladies, juniors (under 16), veterans 1 (50+), 2 (60+), 3 (70+).
- Slow race (last over the line wins)
- Slalom (two at a time around witches’ hats)
- Novice Race (first time riders)
- Sprint (200 metre dash)
- Relay (teams of 4, one lap each)
- Biathlon (run one lap, ride 2, run one)
- Miss ‘n Out (last rider on each lap eliminated)
- Obstacle (run, carry bike, wheel bike, sprint)
- Consolation (for those who haven’t won a medal.)
Entertainment will be provided by:
- Rino & Jade Morea
- Pelican Puppets
- Madam Stella and Miss Mollie
- Taiko Drummers
- Wayfarers of Midgard
- Dixie Stiltwalker
- Paddy Toasty
- Longford Morris Dancers
- St. Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band
- Colonial Strollers
- Gertie the Clown
- Mills Pony Rides
- Veteran & Vintage Car Club
- Historic Machinery Assn.
- D. von Stieglitz Steam Engines
- PCYC games
- Face painting, hair styling, fairy dances
- a wide variety of stalls