Henty Field Days

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

A BULLISH live­stock mar­ket and pos­i­tive grower sen­ti­ment will com­bine with a full house of ex­hibitors for the 54th an­nual Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days (HMFD).

An ex­pected crowd of 60,000 vis­i­tors is ex­pected at the Septem­ber 19-21 event, where there will be al­most $120 mil­lion worth of ma­chin­ery and goods spread over the 100 hectare site.

Ex­hibitors will dis­play their prod­ucts on more than 1200 stalls in what is now the sin­gle largest agri­cul­tural and open-air event in south­ern Aus­tralia.

HMFD chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Belinda An­der­son said this year’s field days were the largest on record in terms of ex­hibitor area, with 14km of shopfront.

“The in­ter­est in the field days from ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors alike con­tin­ues to grow year-on-year, with the site be­ing the big­gest it’s ever been in terms of phys­i­cal area,” Mrs An­der­son said.

“The HMFD team works hard to en­sure Henty main­tains its man­tle of the friendli­est field-days, and our ex­hibitor and vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­ues to be en­hanced.”

Draw­cards at the 2017 event will be the daily demon­stra­tions of the sheep and yard dog tri­als, 2017 Nat­u­ral Fi­bre Fash­ion Awards, chain­saw carv­ing, vin­tage farm ma­chin­ery, and the Farm Gate Pro­duce Mar­ket Area, with en­ter­tain­ment by Dream­fields cre­ative men­tor­ing pro­gram.

The field days will be of­fi­cially opened on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19, at 11am by Mark Ben­nett - Head of Agribusi­ness and Emerg­ing Cor­po­rates, Re­gional Aus­tralia, ANZ.

The pres­ti­gious Henty Ma­chine of the Year Award will be judged on Septem­ber 18 and pre­sented at the of­fi­cial open­ing.

But there is so much more to HMFD than just the of­fi­cial stuff - farm in­ven­tors, back­yard tin­ker­ers and stu­dents will dis­play their in­no­va­tive ideas at the Agri-In­no­va­tors site at the 2017 Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

New Hol­land will dis­play the first au­ton­o­mous trac­tor, able to be con­trolled from the com­puter desk­top, across the event.

De­sign­ers with a flair for con­vert­ing nat­u­ral fi­bres into wear­able art will com­pete for al­most $6000 worth of prizes.

The Henty Nat­u­ral Fi­bre Fash­ion Awards show­case de­signs us­ing at least 70 per cent nat­u­ral fi­bres - with the win­ner to be an­nounced on the Thurs­day.

Al­ways draw­ing a large crowd, the dis­play by the Henty and Dis­trict An­tique Farm Ma­chin­ery Club mem­bers this year will fo­cus on Massey-Har­ris, Fer­gu­son, Massey Fer­gu­son and Sun­shine equip­ment.

Spe­cial guest at the Farm Gate Mar­ket will be TV celebrity chef James Ree­son who will record his Alive and Cook­ing show on Wednes­day, show­cas­ing re­gional pro­duce in the recipes.

Also per­form­ing on the sound stage is a strong line-up of tal­ented young per­form­ers from the Dream­fields Cre­ative Youth Men­tor pro­gram - in­clud­ing UK guest artists Lau­ren Dif­fey and Oli Craw­ford Craig.

Fresh from tour­ing the east­ern seaboard, 2017 Toy­ota Star Maker win­ner Rachael Fahim will head­line on the Farm Gate stage on the Wednes­day.

Pop­u­lar chil­dren’s char­ac­ter Ge­orge the Farmer will en­ter­tain the youngest gen­er­a­tion across the field days at the Hutcheon and Pearce site.

So it doesn’t mat­ter what you are in­ter­ested in, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one at this year’s Henty Field Days.

DRAW­CARD: One of the most pop­u­lar shows on the Henty cal­en­dar is the Henty Na­tional Fi­bre Fash­ion Awards, where there is al­most $6000 worth of prizes. En­trants must cre­ate de­signs, such as those pic­tured, that use at least 70 per cent nat­u­ral fi­bres.

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