THE Australian National Field Days has been around longer than David King-Christopher’s tractor but unlike the tractor the field days are changing with the times.
For the first time in 15 years the field days will be held on a Saturday.
The change means people like Mr King-Christopher, a new property owner, can get out and get some advice without it impeding on his day job.
Mr King-Christopher bought the Prince of Orange property off The Escort Way in July and needs a new tractor to get in and clean-up the paddocks and do some slashing.
Problem is, like most people who buy an agricultural property for the first time, he is a little out of his depth.
He said he was looking forward to getting out to the Borenore site to speak to exhibitors and get face-to- face advice on what is the best tractor for him.
“It makes it a difficult exercise trying to juggle a legal practice which often takes me to Sydney during the week and it doesn’t sound very good if I said to clients I won’t be available on Thursday because I’m off to the field days,” he said.
The event is held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there will be the biggest variety of exhibitors with shows, stalls and events that will interest children through to hobby farmers and as usual commercial primary producers.
Organisers are expecting at least 20,000 people through the gates to visit the 600 exhibits.
There will be a jumping castle, a reptile show and a bucking bull for the kids, a fashion parade and a large variety of health and beauty stalls for the ladies, knives, work wear and camping gear for the lads and cattle grids and machinery exhibitions for the serious producer.
This year’s feature exhibit is the Poll Dorset Association and one of the highlights of the feature is cooking tutorials with 2011 MasterChef winner Kate Bracks. Pick up a copy of the Australian National Field Days feature liftout at the gate for a program, exhibitors’ list and importantly a map.