WE’RE GO­ING TO THE FIELD DAYS!

El­more event kicks off to­day with so much to see and do

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

EL­MORE in the first week of Oc­to­ber, is as much a fix­ture on the state cal­en­dar as it is on the lo­cal.

For the past 55 years the El­more Field Days have played a mas­sive role in bring­ing peo­ple to the area and in­ject­ing money into the econ­omy.

Kick­ing off to­day, the Field Days have a long his­tory of bring­ing peo­ple, in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment to the com­mu­nity for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

Pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer John Gif­fin is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to come and en­joy the three days.

‘‘I’m a crop­ping farmer my­self so I know how dif­fi­cult the sea­son has been,’’ he said.

‘‘But I think it’s im­por­tant for all farm­ers to take some time off and come and en­joy the days and learn about the fu­ture tech­nolo­gies of the in­dus­try.

‘‘We are hop­ing for over 30,000 peo­ple com­ing over the three days.

‘‘With the weather be­ing as it is we should get rea­son­able turnout.’’

Over the long his­tory of the El­more Field Days, the lo­cal econ­omy has gained a huge amount thanks to the an­nual event.

‘‘The El­more Field Days have put $3 mil­lion back into the com­mu­nity over the 55 years,’’ Mr Gif­fin said.

‘‘That’s ap­prox­i­mately $50,000 ev­ery year straight to the lo­cals.

‘‘But in­di­rectly it’s way more than that.

‘‘And we can’t gauge how much the lo­cal com­mu­nity has gained from it.’’

With around 500 vol­un­teers com­ing from Rochester to Col­binab­bin and Goornong, the Field Days are ready to bring vis­i­tors three days filled with some­thing for ev­ery­one.

From live mu­sic to shear­ing dis­plays, arts and crafts to fash­ion pa­rades, ev­ery­one will be thor­oughly en­ter­tained through­out the three days.

‘‘Peo­ple can ex­pect to see and find out about the lat­est in agri­cul­ture tech­nolo­gies and ma­chin­ery,’’ Mr Gif­fin said. ‘‘Kids can have a good look around the ma­chin­ery as well as get their faces painted, go on the jump­ing cas­tle and learn all about rep­tile aware­ness.

‘‘There’s a bit of ev­ery­thing for ev­ery­one.

‘‘You don’t have to be a farmer to en­joy the day.’’

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