Malve fuelled by a love for machinery
A SHED at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days site has been named in honour of agricultural/historical coordinator Malve Haynes.
Malve was recognised for his long-term commitment to the field days when the Malve Haynes Historic Shed was unveiled earlier this year.
Growing up on his family farm in Thrington with brother Tom, Malve developed a passion for agricultural machinery from a young age.
"Years ago, I had an old starter motor on the farm and after years of work I got it started," Malve said.
"When it comes to engines, I'm just a big kid -- I get a kick every time one fires."
Malve's passion led him to join the field days committee as the agricultural/historical coordinator more than 40 years ago.
His role has been organising vintage machinery exhibitors from around Australia to display at the field days.
Exhibits have included timber trucks, steam engines and vintage agriculture machinery.
Malve said a significant amount of site restoration and preparation is required before each field days.
"As one field days finishes, the next starts," he said.
"After each field days, we learn what has worked and what we can do better next time.
"It's important to maintain contacts with exhibitors once they leave.
"A lot of pressure is taken off in the lead up to the field days by an equal contribution from our team."
Malve was presented the YPFD Service Award in 1998, and life membership in 2004.
He is also a life member of the Paskeville Agricultural Bureau.
"When I first started at the field days, it was much more labour-intensive," Malve said.
"The way machinery is transported on and off the site is much different to how it used to be."
Malve noted the success of the field days had not come from teamwork.
"The YPFD has been blessed with some great teams and I've enjoyed working with all of them – they're a great family," he said.
"Everything you see at the field days, people have spent a lot of time working on.
"All of my fellow members have poured their passion into it and excelled themselves in what they've done."
Malve has been glad to see younger generations support the field days in recent years.
"I encourage anyone who has a chance to be involved in the field days to take their chance," he said.
"It's a great opportunity to meet new people who are passionate and honest."
He plans to continue his role as YPFD agricultural/historical coordinator at the 2021 Yorke Peninsula Field Days.