Sights set on Riverland event in September
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