Pick up your copy of the field days documentary DVD

September 17, 2014

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Farmers crowd around to see the latest forage harvesting equipment demonstrated at the Henty field days in the 1960s.

Fifty years of farm machinery, bush humour and nostalgia is showcased in a documentary on one of agriculture’s most iconic events – the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Titled Reflections of Henty – 50 years of the Henty Machinery Field Days, the documentary offers a historical snapshot of an event that has evolved from a one-day header school into the single biggest agricultural field days in southern Australia.

The DVD features original footage and still photographs sourced from the archives of Charles Sturt University, Prime, WIN TV and The Border Mail.

West Wyalong farmer and film producer Ross Harmer was also instrumental in tracking down footage from the field days shot during the 1970s.

Long-serving volunteers, committee members, exhibitors and local farmers were interviewed in June 2012 on their involvement, memories and personal reflections of the field days.

Other recollections range from Pleasant Hills farmer and catering manager Alison Campbell detailing the tonne of meat used to feed the crowds, to Cookardinia farmer and ex-board member Laurie Sone recalling how sheets of corrugated iron were used to shore up the boggy terrain.

Copies of the DVD are available at $20 (plus $5 postage and handling) each from the HMFD office during the field days, or phone (02) 6929 3305 or email admin@hmfd.com.au