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PHOTOS | Twilight success for Field Days

FAMILY TIME: Lyn and Brendan Khan took their grandchildren, twins Phoebe and Connor Parish, and big sister Imogen Parish, for a day out at Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

FAMILY TIME: Lyn and Brendan Khan took their grandchildren, twins Phoebe and Connor Parish, and big sister Imogen Parish, for a day out at Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

A Tuesday night Twilight Ag Expo appears set to become an integral part of Wimmera Machinery Field Days at Longerenong.
Field days manager Murray Wilson said the first year of a two-year twilight experiment had been a success, with people making the most of extended hours and activities.
He said just under 2000 patrons passed through the gates at Wimmera Events Centre free of charge after 3pm on the Tuesday of the event, confirming the value of the concept.
“The Field Days overall were really good and we were most impressed with the success of the Twilight Ag Expo. We expected it to go well and weren’t disappointed,” he said.
“We had a lot of people come through the gates between 3pm and 6pm and as soon as they were here they relaxed and enjoyed themselves.
“As well as soaking up the entertainment, they were checking things out and we had good feedback from exhibitors. We still had people trading in our Lifestyle Pavilion after 8pm.
“The addition met and even exceeded our expectations and the public response definitely cements the decision we had already made for 2020.
“It might become an integral part of the Field Days leading into the future.
“We had some Horsham district people who had previously never had a chance to attend the Field Days come for the first time.
“On top of that we had people come who hadn’t been for between five and 10 years. They came purely as a result of a new opportunity to attend.”
Mr Wilson said the Field Days were an overall success, with again about 15,000 people attending across the three days.
“We basically had a similar crowd through the gate as we did in 2017 and 2018, but we had more exhibitors and more schools visiting this year,” he said.
“Some exhibitors had strong leads and others didn’t and that’s just what happens, but what we’re seeing is a change in direction from many. We’re seeing exhibitors working more towards establishing business-client relationships, meeting people and sharing information more than direct selling off their sites.”
Mr Wilson said the success of this year’s Field Days provided a committee confidence to continue pushing ahead.
“We will look at the Twilight AG Expo and how we might extend it into the evening and also look at layout of site, which we had a lot of good feedback about,” he said.
“We always have a challenge with indoor sites. We were at capacity this year and might need to explore how we can offer more indoor space and that might involve strategic planning for the entire site.”

Matilda Zanker, Henry Zanker and Archie Zanker check out a header at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Matilda Zanker, Henry Zanker and Archie Zanker check out a header at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Riley Hateley with an alpaca at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Riley Hateley with an alpaca at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Chloe Hateley at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Chloe Hateley at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Len Schuller, Edenhope Mens Shed, Mens Shed Victoria chief executive Ric Blackburn, field days president Chris Bartlett and Bunnings representative Sarah Campisi with their site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Len Schuller, Edenhope Mens Shed, Mens Shed Victoria chief executive Ric Blackburn, field days president Chris Bartlett and Bunnings representative Sarah Campisi with their site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Leon Thomson, Thomson Built and Chris Bartlett with a site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Leon Thomson, Thomson Built and Chris Bartlett with a site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Landmark Horsham team members Josh Mahoney, Jordan Lee, Travis hair, Matt Beddison and Oliver Smith with their site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Landmark Horsham team members Josh Mahoney, Jordan Lee, Travis hair, Matt Beddison and Oliver Smith with their site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Jade Hawker, Craig Hopkins and Freddie Gittus from Claas Lake Bolac and field days president Chris Bartlett with a site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Jade Hawker, Craig Hopkins and Freddie Gittus from Claas Lake Bolac and field days president Chris Bartlett with a site award at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Oliver Smith, Chris bartlett and Jordan Lee at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Oliver Smith, Chris bartlett and Jordan Lee at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Steve Graetz, Traction Ag, won best machine with a Masseyy-Ferguson Ideal at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Field days president Chris Bartlett presented the award.

Steve Graetz, Traction Ag, won best machine with a Masseyy-Ferguson Ideal at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Field days president Chris Bartlett presented the award.

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