MA­CHINES FOR THE LAND:

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Quan­tong’s Lance Nether­way, ex­am­in­ing a broad­acre rake, was among farm­ers from across the Wim­mera-mallee and be­yond who stud­ied new prod­ucts on dis­play at this year’s Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days at Lon­gerenong, north of Hor­sham. Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect a big crowd at the field days to swell through­out today and tomorrow.

Acon­stant stream of peo­ple through the gates at Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days at Lon­gerenong yesterday has or­gan­is­ers con­fi­dent of an in­crease in pa­tron­age at this year’s event.

Field days man­ager Mur­ray Wil­son said early in­di­ca­tions were pos­i­tive and ap­peared to be re­flect­ing a buoy­ant mood in agri­cul­ture and ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties in gen­eral.

“We’ve had a good crowd com­ing in early with peo­ple mak­ing the most of the good weather. We ex­pect num­bers to build con­sid­er­ably dur­ing the next two days,” he said.

“I’ve been chat­ting with some of the ma­chin­ery deal­ers who are quite a long way from cen­tral ac­tiv­i­ties and they have been re­ally sur­prised with the early farmer in­ter­est.

“There seems to be a lot of op­ti­mism. Last year at this time many farm­ers were still tied up with har­vest­ing.

“This year has been dif­fer­ent and there are plenty of peo­ple around and look­ing pos­i­tively to the fu­ture.

“Our pavil­ions have been chock-a-block and it’s only go­ing to get busier.”

Mr Wil­son said he ex­pected a sig­nif­i­cant Wed­nes­day crowd to show­case the at­trac­tion of the three-day event.

“Wed­nes­day is tra­di­tion­ally our busiest day – our fam­ily day, and much of what we’ve been doing has been geared around that,” he said.

The field days have evolved dur­ing their long his­tory from a sim­ple farm-ma­chin­ery expo to a cel­e­bra­tion of ru­ral lifestyle and ac­tiv­i­ties.

It provides the farm­ing com­mu­nity with ev­ery­thing from a sneak peak into cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy and sup­port ser­vices to ex­am­ples of pro­duce and the creative arts.

The field days, which at­tracts in­ter­na­tional and na­tional as well as re­gional vis­i­tors started yesterday and fin­ishes tomorrow.

“We’re very happy with how it’s go­ing so far,” Mr Wil­son said.

Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

Pic­tures: PAUL CARRACHER

SHOW­CASE: Hor­sham Col­lege Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing dance stu­dents, from left, Caitlin Devlin, Sarah Mcfar­lane, teacher Emily Friedrich­son and Neeve Law­son per­form in the au­di­to­rium dur­ing a Hor­sham Col­lege has Talent show.

THUMBS UP: Ky­nan Stasi­nowsky gets a high-five from FMX stunt rider Josh Bur­don.

TALENT: Hor­sham Col­lege stu­dent Tara Em­mer­son pa­rades her own cre­ation at the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

HOT TOPIC: Dar­ren Cameron and Peter Grant catch up for a chat at the field days.

HELPER: Flynn Dick­son is happy to roustabout dur­ing a demon­stra­tion by Tom the Shearer.

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