An extra 15 exhibitors signed up to take part in the Australian National Field Days this week, only days before gates open for the annual three-day event.
Field days administration manager Jayne West said most last minute exhibitors were general exhibitors who had stock left following other field days or recently heard about the event via word of mouth.
“There’s been a lot since we printed the program, even today we’ve had people ring up to book sites, we had three yesterday,” she said on Wednesday.
Along with general exhibitors one of the extra sites will be taken up by UAV Air which conducts drone training.
The traditional focus of the field days has been on agricultural equipment and demonstrations for crop maintenance and livestock management but over the years it has grown and exhibits have expanded.
She said more lifestyle based exhibits were introduced in the past four to five years such as caravans.
New Age Caravans from Newcastle will exhibit at the field days for the second year this year and manager Rob Brady said it is a great way to show the caravans to a country audience.
“It’s all walks of life now, it’s not just grey nomads anymore, it’s families as well,” Mr Brady said.
“Last year we sold five vans that were on site but it also led to people ringing the dealership after the fact as well.”
NAB Agribusiness will also host a series of short agricultural finance sessions on Thursday and Friday.
The weather is expected to be between 21 and 24 degrees and gates will be open for the field days between 8.30am and 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The field days will be held at Borenore Road, Borenore.
What’s happening on Thursday:
- Rural Art Competition and sale – 9am
- Three sheep dog trial – 9am-4pm
- Weed management, pasture improvement and irrigation – 9am
- Kilmarnock Forge demonstration – 9.30am
- NSW Farmers presentation – 10am
- Australian Stock Horse Society dressage with paralympian talk – 10.30am
- Fruit tree pruning – 11.15am
- CWA cooking demonstration – 11.45am
- Official opening – noon
- Stock horse, mounted horse gallop using a lance – 12.30pm
- Body language with horses in yards – 4pm