Sights set on River­land event in Septem­ber

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - FIELD DAYS EXPO GUIDE -

THE 2015 River­land Field Days in South Aus­tralia will be held on 18-19 Septem­ber at the event's pur­pose-built site at Bam­era, on the banks of Lake Bon­ney. New chair­man Wes Kalisch said or­gan­is­ers and ex­hibitors were look­ing for­ward to this year's field days, which would be the 58th River­land Field Days and the sec­ond year the two-day event would be held on Fri­day-Saturday. “With the in­crease in at­ten­dance on the Saturday, this means an in­crease in busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for you, Mr Kalisch said. “The River­land Field Days has an ex­ten­sive pro­mo­tion and mar­ket­ing pro­gram tar­get­ing cus­tomers across east­ern South Aus­tralia and western Vic­to­ria. Our ad­ver­tis­ing and pro­mo­tion pro­gram ex­tends to Clare and the Mid North, the Barossa Val­ley, Mur­ray Bridge and the Mallee, the South East of SA, the Mil­dura and Sun­raysia re­gion and of course, the River­land re­gion.” Gates at Barmera will be open to the gen­eral pub­lic from 9am – 5pm on both days of the event, with adult tick­ets $15 and stu­dents un­der 18 and younger chil­dren free. To give the el­derly field day go­ers the op­por­tu­nity to see the field days and en­joy a great day wan­der­ing the ex­hibits, scoot­ers can be pre-booked by call­ing The Coun­try Care Group on 1800 727 382 or by vis­it­ing site 132 in First Av­enue near Gate 7. An ex­hibitor sur­vey con­ducted at the 2014 River­land Field Days con­firmed high lev­els of sat­is­fac­tion with the event. Of the nearly 400 ex­hibitors, 121 re­sponded to the sur­vey. Ex­hibitors showed over­whelm­ing sup­port for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and run­ning of the field days. The great ma­jor­ity sup­ported the new Fri­day/Saturday for­mat too. Strong sup­port was ex­pressed for the in­creased fam­ily fo­cus on the Saturday, while many many ma­chin­ery and farm­ing ex­hibitors also sup­ported the move to the week­end. "The ma­chin­ery and farm­ing ex­hibitors are im­por­tant to us and we are work­ing on pro­vid­ing greater sup­port and fo­cus for those ex­hibitors", for­mer field days chair­man Ash­ley Chabrel said. "The in­creased at­ten­dance over all pro­vided greater ben­e­fit to ex­hibitors, adding sig­nif­i­cantly to their po­ten­tial cus­tomer num­bers and busi­ness vol­ume.

"We are very pleased with the Fri­day/Saturday for­mat, and the strong sup­port shown by ex­hibitors. It is the right move for the event to en­sure its strength and growth into the fu­ture.” Over 20 River­land com­mu­nity clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions gained fi­nan­cially through their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the River­land Field Days last year. The groups were in­volved in many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing car park­ing, food cater­ing, run­ning drinks vans, waste pick up and other ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties. River­land Field Days sec­re­tary Tim Grieger said over $30,000 was raised by the or­gan­i­sa­tions from across the re­gion, in this way, pro­vid­ing sup­port to their ac­tiv­i­ties and to the com­mu­nity. "The River­land Field Days Com­mit­tee has a strong fo­cus to sup­port com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, and is pleased to see this amount of money go­ing back to the com­mu­nity," Mr Grieger said. "We are keen to in­volve many com­mu­nity groups at each field day event, and will be seek­ing ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est from any club or or­gan­i­sa­tion for the 2015 field days.” Mr Kalisch said there was a wide range of sit op­tions and pack­ages avail­able to ex­hibitors. “Our com­mit­tee and staff are keen to work to­gether with you to pro­mote your busi­ness in Septem­ber. We look for­ward to your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2015 River­land Field Days,” he said.

• De­tails: http://www.river­land­field­days.com.au

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