Henty Field Days
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.