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HENTY’S 109th annual show will be a special one.

It marks a milestone anniversary for an invention that changed farming forever.

Henty resident Headlie Taylor unveiled his header harvester at the town’s ninth annual show in 1914.

He had spent three years perfecting his machine.

Unlike his earlier versions, his 1914 creation collected grain the stripper-harvester had previously wasted.

The breakthrough lifted the amount of grain produced and boosted the industry’s profit margin — both in Australia and abroad.

The header went on the market two years later and put its creator and Henty on the farming map.

Now organisers have again made the header the centre of attention to mark the 100-year occasion.

Spokesman for the Headlie Taylor header anniversary committee chairman John Ebsworth said the machine was of great significance to the area.

“We say Henty is the home of the header so it’s important to commemorate that,” he said.

“This particular header was a local invention that went worldwide. It was created just seven kilometres from town so it has a big local significance.

“A lot of speakers will be at the show.

“And some members of the original Taylor family from the area will travel back to town for the event.”

The header isn’t the only attraction — a steam road locomotive, horse-drawn machinery, a Robinson thresher and vintage tractors will also be on display.

“The header will be the main attraction, but it’s just a part of a great show this year,” Mr Ebsworth said.

“A lot of other old-time machinery will be on display, plus shearing demonstrations and more.”

The show will be held on February 8, with gates opening at 8am and demonstrations from 9am.

For information visit henty.nsw.au.

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