Sey­mour expo to re­turn

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

One of the Goul­burn Val­ley’s big­gest re­gional events is set to re­turn next year at a later than sched­uled date.

The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farming Expo will cel­e­brate its 30th an­niver­sary at Kings Park Re­cre­ation Re­serve, Sey­mour from Fri­day, April 16, to Sun­day, April 18, 2021.

Event man­ager Jamie Gil­bert said the hugely pop­u­lar farming and life­style expo had tra­di­tion­ally been held dur­ing the third week of Fe­bru­ary for the past 26 years.

How­ever, Mr Gil­bert said be­cause of COVID-19 and the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent ‘‘roadmap out of re­stric­tions’’ his team had been in­creas­ingly con­cerned about the abil­ity to hold the event on the tra­di­tional Fe­bru­ary date.

‘‘Af­ter con­sult­ing with our stake­hold­ers in the Sey­mour re­gion, we have made the de­ci­sion to move the event date to give our vis­i­tors, ex­hibitors and com­mu­nity groups the best chance of be­ing able to not only have a field day, but to make it a suc­cess­ful one,’’ Mr Gil­bert said.

He said eco­nomic data showed the expo in­jected more than $6 m into the lo­cal econ­omy an­nu­ally.

‘‘This is some­thing we think is worth pro­tect­ing,’’ Mr Gil­bert said.

He said the new April date would co­in­cide with the last week­end of the April school hol­i­days in 2021.

‘‘This opens up a great op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to come and ex­pe­ri­ence all the fun and ex­cite­ment of our unique event.

‘‘We will have a com­pre­hen­sive COVID-safe plan to en­sure ev­ery­thing is clean and safe for ev­ery­one.’’

The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farming Expo has a long and rich history in the re­gion, show­cas­ing cur­rent and fu­ture farming prac­tices for small and medium farm en­ter­prises.

The event has also proven to be a pop­u­lar day out for cou­ples and fam­i­lies.

‘‘We have been work­ing tire­lessly over the past few months, map­ping out var­i­ous plans and strate­gies to deal with run­ning an event dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic,’’ Mr Gil­bert said.

He said the expo team ac­knowl­edged the enor­mous ef­forts of the Mitchell Shire, Goul­burn Val­ley Foot­ball Net­ball League, Sey­mour Foot­ball Net­ball Club and Kings Park Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment to help ac­com­mo­date the change of date for the 2021 event.

Ex­hibitor book­ings are now open for the 2021 event and gen­eral ticket sales will open closer to the event date.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, go to: www.sey­mour­ or email: ad­min@sey­mour­

Pop­u­lar event . . . The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farming Expo has a 30-year history of bring­ing cut­ting edge tech­nolo­gies to re­gional Vic­to­ria.

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