Grain handling equipment, interior décor, fresh bread and financial products were among the winners of the 2019 Henty Machinery Field Days Exhibitor Awards.
The awards were presented on Wednesday, September 18 at The Stump by HMFD CEO Belinda Anderson to the winners of the Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General and Best Indoor Exhibitor sites – Country Lifestyle and Farm Gate.
Grain handling equipment manufacturer Grainline, Wagga Wagga, won the Best Outdoor General, while Rabobank took out the Best Outdoor Large Commercial.
Jindera interior décor business and first time exhibitor, Jodie Takle, Jo & Co Interiors, won the Best Indoor site in Country Lifestyle and Ross and Kay Perry, White Owl/Valentine Sourdough/Olive Hills Estate was awarded Best Indoor Site at Farm Gate.
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.
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.
Mrs Clancy said the 20 metre wide Rabobank site had great visual presence with expansive two-level seating, wine barrels and umbrellas.
“It is a great area for them to sit and chat with their clients,” she said.
“Grainline had a great, eye catching layout with branded bunting around the outside of the site, the augers are laid out well with timber edging around the base of the augers.
“They also have free carry bags and children’s safety vests to entice people to say hello.
“Their company colour of blue really stood out.
“In Country Lifestyle we chose Jo & Co Interiors, which are new in 2019.
“Jo exhibits homewares including glassware, cushions and pictures – she has a lovely timber frame around the outside of the site with gum leaves and proteas, plus a big chandelier to catch the eye.”
Mrs Clancy said White Owl/Valentine’s/Olive Hills Estate, run by the Perry family, offered great coffee and good service.
“They have a nice display with rustic home baked breads in display cabinets, wine tasting and lovely pictures of their Olive Hills historic homestead,” she said.
“There were many exhibitors who put a lot of effort and money into their displays so it was a hard decision to come up with the winners.”
Mrs Clancy said trends in displays were moving to self-contained shipping containers which opened out and were easily transportable.
Grainline sales manager Steve Doven said staff made an extra effort on the site to coincide with the company’s 40th anniversary.
He said a strategy meeting resulted in a week of work going into site preparation.
“We got extra signage, we went for balloons and Aussie flags as we manufacture in Wagga,” Mr Doven said.
“An added attraction has been two little augers with a handle, and hoppers full of grain – it has never stopped with the kids playing with them.”
Mr Doven said six to 10 inch auger sales had been strong across Henty, with units worth up to $26,000.
“We were extremely pleased with the leads as well – the potential was great,” he said.