HMFD exhibitor awards reward excellence

Emma and Heidi Bell, Harper Flynn Boutique, won the Best Indoor Site in the HMFD Exhibitor Awards.

Clothing, chainsaw and farm machinery exhibitors were among the inaugural winners of the inaugural Henty Machinery Field Days Exhibitor Awards.

The awards were presented last year by HMFD CEO Belinda Anderson to the winners of the Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General and Best Indoor Exhibitor sites.

This year, the awards have been expanded to include Country Lifestyle and Farm Gate Produce Market as separate categories within the Best Indoor Exhibitor Site.

The event’s largest exhibitor with a frontage of 180m, Hutcheon & Pearce, won the 2018 Best Outdoor Large Commercial, while Elite Chainsaws and Mowers took out the Best General Site.

Children’s boutique clothing specialist from Moruya, NSW, Harper Flynn Boutique, won the Best Indoor site, located in Country Lifestyle.

Belinda Anderson said the field days co-operative prided itself on providing a showcase with a modern professional image, and the latest in agricultural machinery and technology.

Mrs Anderson said the exhibitor awards would encourage site holders to strive for similar ideals during the field days.

The 2018 Judges Daryl Thomson and Bec Clancy covered the 14km of external shop front plus the indoor sites, assessing visual presentation, display, layout and innovation.

They inspected sites ranging in frontage from 3m to 180m.

“Harper Flynn Boutique displayed children’s clothing in lovely white timber cabinets with a good floor layout,’’ Mrs Clancy said.

“A clear pathway in and out of sites is important

“There are a lot of great stalls in Country Lifestyle but this one stood out.’’

Mr Thomson said Elite Chainsaws and Mowers had a safety barrier around a working display area.

He said pine bark was used to create an attractive visual entrance to draw people in.

Mr Thomson said the Hutcheon & Pearce site was a stunning visual display of large and small machinery plus merchandise for all members of the family.

He said an educational area was included for children, along with a toy supermarket, mowers and tractors, sprayers and headers.

“The site is well laid out with the marquee at the back, and an area where staff talk to clientele for sales,” Mrs Clancy added.

“Sites need to be exciting and visual but not too cluttered.

“Good corporate branding with a nice marquee and flags identifies the business from the front.

“Some of the exhibitors go to a lot of expense to dress their sites up – it is not good sitting there with a card table and a few brochures, you must engage with the customer and invite them in.’’