WE’RE GOING TO THE FIELD DAYS!
Elmore event kicks off today with so much to see and do
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.’’