One of the biggest lifestyle exhibition venues on the nation’s field day circuit has been named in honour of long serving volunteers Milton Taylor and Colin Wood.
The Taylor Wood Pavilion was officially opened at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20 by HMFD chairman Ross Edwards.
Completed in August, 120m x 18m long pavilion will also be used to stage seminars and trade displays at year round events at the field day site.
The pavilion has a sealed floor and a 387,000 litre rainwater tank for supplying water across the field day site.
Country Lifestyle co-ordinator Lyn Jacobsen said exhibitors and visitors appreciated the firm, all-weather flooring, wide pedestrian aisles and weather-proof comfort.
This year 105 exhibitors with more than 481m of shop front took sites in the Taylor Wood pavilion.
Mr Edwards said the pavilion would further enhance the Country Lifestyle program.
“Henty Machinery Field Days patron Tim Fischer was asked to open the building but unfortunately he could not attend,’’ he said.
“Tim was instrumental in acquiring this old travelling stock reserve when he was a state member 40 years ago.’’
Tim Fischer saluted Milton Taylor and Colin Wood for their voluntary work at the field days.
He said the pair had shown decades of dedication and strong stable leadership as part of a great HMFD team.
Ross Edwards said the building had come to fruition by the untiring work, dedication and drive of HMFD staff member Graeme Hicks.
“The HMFD board, CEO Belinda Anderson and I are indebted to Graeme for his vision to create this building,’’ he said.
“It was the vision of Milton Taylor and the late Ernie Howard in 1963 to found our great event.
“Milton has dedicated his life to agri-politics, his town and region.
“Colin Wood served as chairman for 33 years, was a shire councillor and is heavily involved with the Headlie Taylor Museum Committee in Henty.
“On behalf of the field days and community, I congratulate both men on their decades of wonderful service.’’
Colin Wood paid tribute to Joan Meyer who worked tirelessly to establish the Country Lifestyle program in the early history of the field days.
Milton Taylor complimented the HMFD Co-operative on the present site.
“I offer my sincere gratitude to the board and congratulations on a fantastic achievement of an old man’s dream,’’ Mr Taylor said.