The whole fam­ily will be en­ter­tained at Seymour

Mansfield Courier - - Rural -

BACK-flip­ping quad bikes, award­win­ning whip-crack­ers and some se­ri­ously tal­ented kelpies – that’s just some of the en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer for young and old at the Seymour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo.

Held next week­end in Seymour’s Kings Park - from Fe­bru­ary 14 to 16 event man­ager Jamie Gil­bert said the 28th expo would have some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“This year’s expo prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic day out for the whole fam­ily, for an­i­mal lovers and thrill seek­ers alike,” Mr Gil­bert said.

“We’ve added the All 4 FMX quad bike demos to the en­ter­tain­ment line-up, which will be ab­so­lutely en­thralling for vis­i­tors of all ages.”

ALL 4 FMX rider Mitch Van Vliet said his team would be per­form­ing elec­tri­fy­ing and nail-bit­ing aerial tricks on mo­tor­bikes and quad bikes.

“We are the only team in Aus­tralia that has a back-flip­ping quad-biker in our ranks,” he said.

Mitch is a world-class rider, hav­ing won ti­tles in Aus­tralia and China, while his team-mate and brother Jack cur­rently ranks sec­ond in the world.

Al­though the Van Vliet brothers have seen glory on the in­ter­na­tional stage, Mitch said the smaller mo­ments were what made it all worth­while.

“My favourite part doesn’t have to be a big trick, it’s when you just see the re­ac­tions of the kids,” he said.

“You go past, wave at a kid, and their face lights up – that’s pretty spe­cial.”

IN­TER­NET OF THINGS: A new dig­i­tal net­work be­ing rolled out by the State Gov­ern­ment will look to help farm­ers with things like ir­ri­ga­tion con­trol to re­motely op­ti­mise wa­ter and en­ergy us­age, among other things.

to ev­ery farmer in these re­gions to pro­vide the cov­er­age they need to bet­ter man­age and run their op­er­a­tions,” NNNCo chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Rob Za­garella said.

“Farm­ers now have a broad choice of de­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions from the grow­ing global IoT ecosys­tem, in­clud­ing ir­ri­ga­tion man­age­ment and con­trol, and real-time mon­i­tor­ing of soil health, rain­fall, cat­tle move­ment, farm as­sets, worker safety and wa­ter tank lev­els so that they can proac­tively re­spond to the needs of the farm.”

There’s plenty of other en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer at the expo, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent’s flip­ping disc dogs, the 2020 AWPA Vic­to­rian Whipcrack­ing and Bul­lock Whip Cham­pi­onships, Work­ing Dog demon­stra­tions, Har­ness Rac­ing Vic­to­ria’s HERO pro­gram, cook­ing demon­stra­tions at the Coun­try Kitchen and Butcher’s Shop, and Ag Skills Vic­to­ria Young Farmer Chal­lenge.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets on­line and save 15 per cent off the gate price, visit www.sey­mour­

FLIP­PING GOOD FUN: Flip­ping Disc Dogs will be one of many dif­fer­ent fam­ily shows fea­tured as part of the Seymour Expo line-up next week.

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