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HMFD Chairman’s message for 2017 |


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The Hon. Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina, the Hon. Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer, HMFD Patron Tim Fischer, our loyal exhibitors, the many volunteers, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. To stand on this stump as Chairman makes me very proud and humble. This year’s display is no doubt the most outstanding ever. This is a testament to our exhibitors, generous sponsors, our wonderful staff, both office and outdoor, capably led by CEO Belinda Anderson. […]

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All set for a bumper field days at Henty in 2017 |


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A bullish livestock market and positive grower sentiment will combine with a full house of exhibitors at the 54th annual Henty Machinery Field Days. The 105ha grounds are at capacity with the September 19-21 event expected to draw a crowd of 60,000 keen to inspect almost $120 million worth of machinery and goods on site. Exhibitors will display their products on more than 1200 sites in what is now the single largest agricultural and open-air event in southern Australia. Chief […]

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Visitors set for a sensory experience at Farm Gate Market |


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Visitors will have the opportunity to learn, taste, touch, smell and experience the region’s finest food and wine first hand at Henty Machinery Field Day’s Farm Gate Produce Market. The market has grown into a key attraction at the field days, which will be held on Tuesday, September 19 to Thursday, September 21. Featuring over 30 regional exhibitors, the Farm Gate pavilion is located on the southern edge of the field day site and will host cooking demonstrations, and talks […]

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Dreamfields showcases region’s young talent at Henty |


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Youth across the Border region are being given a unique opportunity to showcase their creative talents at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days. The Dreamfields Creative Youth Mentor program culminates every year in the annual Dreamfields Festival at the Henty Machinery Field Days, incorporating music, creative writing and photography. Dreamfields spokesperson Craig Dent said the events provided a critical platform for young rural people to put their creative endeavours on display. “Dreamfields has forged a fantastic partnership with HMFD and […]

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Turning natural fibres into wearable art at Henty awards |


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Designers with a flair for converting natural fibres into wearable art will compete for almost $6000 worth of prizes this year. The 14th Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards will showcase designers who have created garments containing at least 70 per cent natural fibres. Last year, the award winners expanded across international boundaries with the supreme entry from New Zealand for the first time. The supreme garment was a fitted and backless machine knitted in fine Merino yarn with silver lurex […]

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Madi T jewellery range inspired by music artists |


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Inspired by pop artists Katy Perry and Pink, a young Wagga woman is forging a career in handmade jewellery and decorative garlands. Maddison Tooze, 21, was born with Down syndrome but far from being limited by her disability, she is now turning out product for her growing business, Madi T Designs. Madi draws inspiration from her favourite singers to create her Katy Perry and Pink ranges of necklaces and earrings, along with decorative garlands for Christmas and new borns. She […]

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Busy young mum gets creative with jewellery business |


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A “mummy and me’’ range of handmade necklaces will be launched by Corowa jewellery designer Brooke Ollington at this year’s Country Lifestyle program. Brooke established her Little Ollie Designs business of handmade earrings, necklaces, key chains and lanyards last November so she could spend more time at home with her two young children. She will release her new line of necklaces for young girls and their mothers at Henty, complementing her range of stud earrings and hair bobby pins for […]

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Consumers want clean, green Australian story of wool |


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Fox & Lillie Rural will be promoting wool from the paddock to the catwalk at this year’s Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards. The Australian family owned business has operated in wool for 70 years and is in the top three buyers of Australian wool. Fox & Lillie Rural has donated $500 to the winner of the best knitted or crocheted garment in the awards. Culcairn branch manager Jenni Turner was part of a 31-member delegation from Fox & Lillie Rural […]

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Fashion to floral art under one big roof at Country Lifestyle |


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From fashion to floral art, and celebrity speakers to cookery tips, there will be something for everyone in the Country Lifestyle pavilion this year. Last year, 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. The 120m x 18m long shed will also be used to stage seminars and trade displays at year round events at the field day site. […]

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A life long connection with field days for Stephanie |


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Stephanie Clancy will be among the advisory agronomists overseeing the demonstration plots at the Henty Machinery Field Days. It is a far cry from her days as a young volunteer serving coffee at a school catering site near the field days western entrance. Stephanie, 22, started with Baker Seed Co at Rutherglen in January as a sales agronomist after completing an agricultural science degree at Charles Sturt University, Wagga. Growing up in a farming family at Pleasant Hills has meant […]

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