Lay­ing the ground­work for three fan­tas­tic field days

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By THOMAS HINSS

THE PEGS were out in force in prepa­ra­tion for the 54th El­more Field Days to be held at the El­more Events Cen­tre from Oc­to­ber 3 to 5.

Around 70 vol­un­teers marked out ar­eas for the event, which is shap­ing up to be one of the largest ever.

‘‘We have a full line-up of around 700 ex­hibitors for this year and there’s even a wait­ing list of busi­nesses who want a spot on the grounds that we sim­ply can’t fit with the amount of ex­hibitors we have on board,’’ said chair­man of static dis­play Scott Ni­chol.

‘‘We’re very happy with hav­ing the whole site filled, it’s def­i­nitely shap­ing up to be big­ger than last year with the huge in­ter­est we’ve had from the ex­hibitors and com­mu­nity.

‘‘There were holes in last year’s show, mostly thanks to the weather we had, but with the amount of in­ter­est we have seen for this year we should avoid a re­peat of that.

‘‘The con­fi­dence is very high in the area from the good yield in agri­cul­ture this year that we’ve had which I think has helped the high in­ter­est for this year’s event.’’

The event tra­di­tion­ally at­tracts big crowds, and Mr Ni­chol said that is ex­pected to be am­pli­fied this year given the full dis­play they have lined up.

The com­mu­nity gets fan­tas­tic ex­po­sure from this event — Scott Ni­chol

‘‘The com­mu­nity gets fan­tas­tic ex­po­sure from this event and can see all the lat­est tech­nolo­gies on dis­play as well as what the fu­ture holds for the sec­tor.

‘‘The com­mu­nity groups who help us through­out the event also ben­e­fit greatly from it with the re­wards they get for as­sist­ing us.

‘‘With­out these groups and all the vol­un­teers we wouldn’t be able to run the sort of event we are able to now so a huge thanks goes out to them for their hard work each year.

‘‘It gets a lot of money flow­ing into the dis­trict from out­side of it, which is a fan­tas­tic ben­e­fit as well.’’

The event will be a great day out for the whole fam­ily, fea­tur­ing live mu­sic pro­vided by singer/song­writer Jemma Beech, and the Agribusi­ness Pav­il­ion is not to be missed with over 100 ex­hibitors set to be in­side.

Pub­lic open­ing hours will be from 8.30am - 5.00pm over the three days, with give­aways worth over $40,000 be­ing drawn through­out the event.

For more de­tails on the event and the prizes be­ing given away head to www.el­more­field­

Glenn Trewick helps Ella McPhee, Abbey Blow and Zara My­ers ham­mer in pegs.

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