So much to see at Sey­mour expo

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ABOUT 500 ex­hibitors will be on dis­play at this year’s Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo.

Held at Kings Park in Sey­mour, or­gan­is­ers ex­pect 22,000 vis­i­tors to at­tend the three-day event early next month.

Event man­ager Susie Fil­leti said the expo would present the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, prac­tices and trends in small and back­yard farm­ing, as well as of­fer­ing plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get up close and per­sonal with an­i­mals and en­joy the mar­ket-style shop­ping, food and en­ter­tain­ment.

Ms Fil­leti said there were some ‘‘must-see ad­di­tions’’ to this year’s en­ter­tain­ment line-up, in­clud­ing drone rac­ing and work­ing dog demon­stra­tions, while the learn­ing hub sched­ule will be jam-packed with in­for­ma­tive talks.

‘‘One of the in­no­va­tive ideas we’ll be ex­plor­ing is in­dus­trial hemp farm­ing,’’ Ms Fil­leti said.

‘‘The Hemp Build­ing Com­pany will be look­ing at how Aus­tralia’s hous­ing cri­sis can be ad­dressed us­ing Hem­pcrete and demon­strate how it is used by build­ing a dog­house dur­ing the event.

‘‘The Vic­to­rian Brumby As­so­ci­a­tion will also host a talk about own­ing brumbies and cap­i­tal­is­ing on their ver­sa­til­ity.’’

Crowd favourites Farmer Dar­ryl and his band of an­i­mals, the Flip­ping Disc Dogz, Rep­tile Aware­ness Dis­plays and the 2019 AWPA Vic­to­rian Whipcrack­ing and Bul­lock Whip Cham­pi­onships are back.

Ms Fil­leti said the Coun­try Kitchen and Butcher Shop are ‘‘al­ways a high­light’’, and said the timetable of cook­ing demon­stra­tions had been ex­panded.

‘‘Event stal­wart Bob (the Butcher) De­war is hang­ing up his cleaver for the last time but he will join Se­cret Gar­den chef Adrian Hens­ley and new butcher Vic­tor Bonacci for three final ses­sions,’’ she said.

“They will elab­o­rate on the ever popular steak ses­sion, cre­ate a loaf of sour­dough from scratch — a process that nor­mally takes three weeks — and smoke a whole leg of ham ready to dig into dur­ing the last ses­sion of the day.’’

An­other ad­di­tion not to be missed is a happy half hour where ex­po­go­ers can taste-test cre­ations from Toob­o­rac Ho­tel and Brew­ery, Bel­lar­ine Es­tate and Orig­i­nal Spirit Co.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the expo was the shire’s largest and most an­tic­i­pated at­trac­tion, adding more than $6 mil­lion an­nu­ally to the lo­cal econ­omy.

‘‘The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo is one of the best ways for tra­di­tional and al­ter­na­tive farm­ers to come to­gether in our mu­nic­i­pal­ity to learn from each other,’’ Cr Chisholm said.

‘‘Each year we see more and more chil­dren com­ing along to learn about the dif­fer­ent ways people are farm­ing as the re­gion con­tin­ues to adapt to the chang­ing world.’’

The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo will be held from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 17, at Kings Park in Sey­mour. For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets on­line and save 17 per cent off the gate price visit sey­mour­

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