Fun at al­ter­na­tive farm­ing expo

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Round up the kids and put on a sun­hat, the Seymour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo is just around the cor­ner. With some­thing for kids of all ages as well as the young at heart, this year’s event prom­ises to pro­vide a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions for the whole fam­ily.

High­lights in­clude Farmer Dar­ryl and his farm­yard an­i­mals and a host of at­trac­tions on dis­play as well as kids’ cook­ing demon­stra­tions; event co-or­di­na­tor Liz Connick said the expo would have lots on show to en­ter­tain and ed­u­cate.

‘‘Seymour expo is not just for the grown-ups, there are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties and most of them are free and will keep the kids en­ter­tained all day,’’ Ms Connick said.

‘‘We have cre­ated a shaded kids zone with lots to see and do — it will be a hit with the kids and I’m con­fi­dent it will be a favourite for par­ents as well.

‘‘So take a day off the farm and en­joy some fam­ily time.’’

The an­i­mal farm will bring you face-to-face with some of Farmer Dar­ryl’s herd of furry and feath­ery friends in­clud­ing some new cheeky piglets and adorable kids.

Farmer Dar­ryl, oth­er­wise known as Dar­ryl Sheri­dan, said this year’s event in­cludes the ad­ven­tures of Polly the rain­bow lori­keet who has as­pi­ra­tions of be­ing a cow.

‘‘I’ll be do­ing a ses­sion of story time with Farmer Dar­ryl,’’ Mr Sheri­dan said.

‘‘Peo­ple love the cheeky piglets but ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent favourite an­i­mal. They’re all hand-raised and love the at­ten­tion.

‘‘I’ll also be shear­ing some wool off one of the sheep and putting it on the spin­ning wheel to show the kids how it’s done.’’

In the Coun­try Kitchen, a muchloved fa­ther and daugh­ter culi­nary team will present two cook­ing demon­stra­tions that en­cour­age au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Five-year-old Lila and Se­cret Gar­den Cater­ing chef Adrian Hens­ley re­turn with their pop­u­lar chil­dren’s cook­ing ses­sions and Mr Hens­ley said she’ll take over the show just like she did last year.

The crowd will be treated to a thrilling adrenalin rush when whip cracker and three-time world record-holder Nathan Griggs takes cen­tre stage. The show is jam packed with tech­ni­cal tricks that in­clude crowd par­tic­i­pa­tion and Mr Griggs said his favourite part was whip­ping to music.

‘‘I have a world record for the long­est whip in the world, which is over 100 m, and I’ll have that on dis­play,’’ Mr Griggs said.

‘‘At the mo­ment I’m train­ing to break a world record again for the most whip cracks in a minute, which is cur­rently 646.

‘‘I have held it be­fore and I’m go­ing to get it back."

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the cup and saucer ride, jump­ing cas­tle and draught horses.

The expo is an af­ford­able day out for the whole fam­ily with tick­ets start­ing at $40 for two adults and three chil­dren aged be­tween five and 15 years, while chil­dren un­der five are ad­mit­ted free. Avoid the queue and pre-pur­chase tick­ets via Eventbrite.

Seymour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo is a unique farm­ing expo with some­thing for ev­ery­one. It’s the largest event of its kind in the south­ern hemi­sphere and at­tracts up to 500 ex­hibitors and more than 20 000 vis­i­tors dur­ing three days.

The expo runs from Fe­bru­ary 17 to 19. For more in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing tick­et­ing de­tails see www.sey­mour­

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