THE move to a Saturday for the Australian National Field Days was essential in order to capture the changing demographic of property owners according to long-time exhibitor Morrie Meagher.
There was a huge number of families at the field days on Saturday, with Mr Meagher owner of Ace Drilling, among around 600 exhibitors at the three day event at Borenore.
“I’ve been supportive of it for a few years now because I think the central tablelands area has changed from being an agricultural area to smaller lots,” he said.
It is the owners of these smaller lots Mr Meagher said the field days now need to attract.
“This area used to be 1000 to 2000 acre lots and now they’re cut up into a few hundred acres,” he said.
Mr Meagher said owners of these small lots often work in town during the weekdays and can only tend to their property on the weekend.
“They want a couple of hundred acres for their kids to ride around on motorbikes,” he said.
“They’re using it as a lifestyle block.”
Crowds for this year’s field days have been fantastic according to Mr Meagher.
“Friday was better than the best day last year,” he said.
“It’s excellent inquiries are up 50 per cent on last year.”