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Launceston to celebrate steam rally’s 40th year

THE Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally will be celebrating its 40th outing on May 25 to 27 — with plenty on offer for all the family.

There was a wide array of vintage vehicles on display at last year's Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally

There was a wide array of vintage vehicles on display at last year’s Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

Show secretary Jan Cooper said: “It is a great honour to be associated with the Steam Rally in its 40th Anniversary year. It takes many volunteers many hours of hard work to organise the event.”

There were plenty of prizes up for grabs for the best steam engine during the 2023 Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally

There were plenty of prizes up for grabs for the best steam engine during the 2023 Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

With a wide range of exhibits from steam engines and horticulture to motorbikes and classic camping, there is plenty to see at the event which is held every year over the final bank holiday weekend in May.

The grand parade of steam engines had visitor's enthralled

The grand parade of steam engines had visitor’s enthralled in 2023 (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

There is also vintage games, fairground rides, laser tag, children’s animal treasure hunt and a Punch and Judy show, lots to keep the children entertained too.

A great trade section and craft marquee is expected with items that are sure to catch visitors eyes.

Prizes will be on offer in various categories

Prizes will be on offer in various categories (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

There is a fully licensed bar and visitors can grab something to eat from one of the many catering stands. The main ring will be full of activity with steam engines, big and small, proving their metal as well as the plethora of local vintage cars, motorbikes and tractors also on display.

It is a tractor-lovers' dream event

It is a tractor-lovers’ dream event (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

The dog show will also be running on the Saturday and Sunday, with rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. There’s also plenty of live music on those days too.

Mayor of Launceston Cllr Helen Bailey with one of the dog show winners

Mayor of Launceston Cllr Helen Bailey with one of the dog show winners (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

For more information and news updates on this year’s rally, visit the website launcestonsteamrally.com or the Facebook page @launcestonsteamrally

The large array of steam and vintage vehicles on display makes for an exciting show

The large array of steam and vintage vehicles on display makes for an exciting show (Launceston Steam & Vintage Rally)

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