From fashion to floral art, and celebrity speakers to cookery tips, there will be something for everyone in the Country Lifestyle pavilion this year.
In 2016, Country Lifestyle celebrated the completion of a new permanent structure, allowing exhibitors from both the Country Lifestyle and ET (Extra Tent) marquees to be housed under the one roof.
Named the Taylor Wood Pavilion, the 125m x 18m long shed has been designed as a year round venue for events and functions.
The Country Lifestyle pavilion is run by Lyn Jacobsen, Leonie Kohlhagen and Jane Lieschke with a team of Riverina Group CWA members.
Mrs Jacobsen said exhibitors and visitors appreciated the firm, all-weather flooring, wide pedestrian aisles and weather-proof comfort.
This year, more than 100 exhibitors have taken sites in the Country Lifestyle pavilion.
Compere for the fashion parades is Peta Schaefer while Albury MC Steve Bowen will once again provide the music.
Mrs Jacobsen said the aim of the Country Lifestyle program was always to entertain, inform and educate.
Fashion parades have been consistently popular with field day visitors, sowing the seed for the launch of the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards in 2004.
Today, the competition is one of the major natural fibre awards in Australia, attracting international entries for the first time several years ago.
The 2018 Natural Fibre Fashion Awards will culminate with the judging on Thursday, September 20 from 1pm.
Demonstrations covering a vast array of topics are held between the parades, keeping a vibrant tempo in the pavilion.
Among the demonstrators invited this year is Diana Wegener, Albury, showing visitors how to cook scones on the stovetop and jam making in the microwave.
Circus performer Marcela Scheuner will dazzle the crowds with her dynamic hoop routine while guest musicians from the HMFD Dreamfields creative youth program will entertain on the stage.
Woolclasser Jenni Turner, Fox & Lillie, Culcairn, will speak on “Women in Wool’’ and Albury MC Steve Bowen will outline his Boomerang Theory on personal fulfilment.
Celebrity weatherman Monte Dwyer will talk on his latest book, Struberville – Consequences of Isolation and Albury children’s book author Craig Dent and illustrator Lauren Habarow will present an interactive workshop for children.
Stockinbingal farmer and founder of the Mate Helping Mate workshops, John Harper, will speak on men’s mental health, and local health educator Mardi Walker will explore ante natal and post natal mental health issues for families.
For those interested in fashion, Anita McAdam is a guest speaker on pattern making and her life as a fashion designer, and stylist Jo Lucchesi will give tips on finding your fit, fabric and style.
There is a diverse line-up of speakers on health topics ranging from prostrate awareness and arthritis to hearing, low vision, first aid and autism.
Entertainment will be provided by talented regional youth from the HMFD Dreamfields creative mentoring program and UK guest artists from the Somerset Youth Project.
Dreamfields will stage a creative and visual arts exhibition in Country Lifestyle with the Dreamfields Creative Award to be presented during the field days.