Fun at alternative farming expo
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.seymourexpo.com.au