MACHINES FOR THE LAND:
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.
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.