Get ready for three days of farm­ing fun for all the fam­ily

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

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.

Photo: Luke He­mer

An­i­mal dis­plays are a big at­trac­tion.

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