Get ready for three days of farming fun for all the family
IN ITS 55th year, the Elmore Field Days is set to bring together the best of Australia’s agriculture industry.
With so many attractions for the whole family to enjoy over the three days, here is a quick snapshot of some of the must-see events.
■ Live music is always a great way to hear the best vocals in the region and Luke Harrington’s performance will blow you away. Luke will be performing on all three days of the Elmore Field Days and despite being only 18 years old he has been performing around the local area since he was 10. Luke will be performing near Food Court 5 so be sure to check him out.
■ To keep the little ones occupied head to site 638 for some free craft activities thanks to Bunnings. The Shire of Campaspe - WICKED (Waste In Campaspe, Know, Educate, DO) will be running kids activities on the Tuesday and the Bendigo Woodturners will be doing demonstrations.
■ A highlight of any agriculture show is always the shearing displays. Over the three days you will be able to discover all the latest information and tips on wool handling, shearing and pressing. Do not miss the shearing team’s Ewes for the Future trial every day at 9.30am, 10.45am, 1.30pm & 2.45pm. The daily schedule is as follows:
10am and 11am - Presentation on sheep nutrition: feeding in tough times
10.30am - Shearing/wool handling demonstrations
11.45am - Overview: Ewes for the Future trial
12.20pm - Spot on vaccination presentation
12.30pm - Shearing in the past, including blade shearing
2.30pm - Shearing/wool handling demonstration
■ The grand George Holmberg Pavilion houses an extensive range of general interest attractions. The indoor sites and marquee sites along the exterior walls of the pavilion showcase a massive range of commercial goods, cottage industry, handcrafts and clothing products.
■ For mechanic enthusiasts, look no further than site 296B. The Lockington & District Heritage Centre will proudly display restored and unrestored vintage tractors, including Bulldog and Massey Harris. Wander the exhibition for hours learning all about vintage tractors and how the agriculture industry has transformed.
‘ It never ceases to amaze me how resilient and community-minded our industry and communities are ’ — Derek Shotton
■ For the chance to learn all about aquatic life head to the Berkley Supertank for a fish’s-eye view. This spectacular 15 metre long and three metre high perspex-sided giant mobile fish tank harbours natural habitat and loads of fish. You will see what the fish actually see from under water without having to get wet. This magnificent experience is located at site 186.
■ Every year, the Ag Art Wear Parades delight viewers with extraordinary fashion creations. Some of the most intricate, colourful, quirky and wonderful designs will take to the catwalk daily at 11.00am and 2.00pm. The final will be held at 2.00pm on Thursday in the auditorium. This event should be at the top of your to-do list for the Elmore Field Days.
Derek Shotton, the president of Elmore and District Machinery Field Days, is excited to welcome visitors, but hopes they can spare some change for farmers in need.
‘‘My committee has worked very hard over the last 12 months to deliver another high-quality event for our district and our industry,’’ he said.
‘‘Agriculture is a challenging game and the catchment areas our visitors travel from are certainly no exception.
‘‘It never ceases to amaze me how resilient and community-minded our industry and communities are.
‘‘Folks out there are in need of our support. If you can spare just a few dollars for someone in more need than yourself please tap your card at our donation points at the ticket boxes and community catering outlets to contribute to our drought relief drive.
‘‘Each tap will be a $2 donation from your card to our committee’s drought effort.
‘‘We welcome you all to our field days and trust you all have a great time.’’
The Elmore Field Days kicks off today and runs until Thursday.
Gates are open from 8:30am-5pm each day.
Adults are $20, secondary students $10 and children under 12 are free.
Elmore Field Days president Derek Shotton is ready to welcome visitors.
The sheep shearing always proves popular.
Philip de la Motte splits logs.
Animal displays are a big attraction.