2021 Henty Machinery Field Days back with a bang

Southern Australia’s single biggest agricultural event, the Henty Machinery Field Days, is back in 2021 with a bang after last year’s forced hiatus.

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The 2021 Henty Machinery Field Days are planned for September 21-23 at the purpose built site.

The agribusiness super event which attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year, was forced to cancel the 2020 event due to COVID-19  – the third time the event has been cancelled in its 58 year history.

The field days are scheduled for September 21-23 with exhibitor online applications set to open on March 16 and online ticket sales for visitors to open in late July.

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the Cooperative’s Board gave the green light for event planning to go ahead in February.

With the 2019 field days drawing more than 850 exhibitors on over 1200 sites, Mrs Anderson is expecting exhibitors numbers to be in excess of 850 for 2021 on the back of strong interest.

“We are back with a bang this year,” she said.

“Agriculture was recognised as an essential industry during the pandemic and we experienced an exceptional year where commodity prices and yields combined to allow a sustained recovery for the sector from the drought.”

Mrs Anderson said the Board and staff were working hard on planning for a COVID-safe event, with the field days operating on a 2sqm per person rule under current NSW Health restrictions.

She said public entry would operate on a contactless system with patrons pre-purchasing tickets on-line and scanning a QR code at the entrance gates, while exhibitors would be encouraged to use EFTPOS facilities.

Mrs Anderson said there would be an additional level of sanitisation of amenities and COVID Marshalls to monitor social distancing in order to protect the health of patrons, exhibitors, volunteers and staff.

“Henty this year coincides with the NSW and Victorian school holidays, and 2021 marks 60 years since the field days were conceived as a one day header school at the Henty showground in 1961,” she said.

“The field days will have all the usual attractions including the prestigious Henty Machine of the Year Award, the working sheep dog trials, Country Lifestyle pavilion, Farm Gate Produce Market, Baker Seeds agronomy trials, helicopter joy rides, live entertainment, the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards and vintage farm machinery display.

 “We will be seeking to reinvigorate the popular Agri-Innovators Award for innovative inventions from farmers, students or backyard tinkerers.”

The entries must meet the criteria of having a practical on-farm application, be based on an original idea of the entrant and not be in full-scale production at the time entry.

Also back this year will be the exhibitor awards for Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General, Best Indoor (Country Lifestyle and Farm Gate).

“The year off has enabled us to sow down the field days site with a specialist pasture mix including fescue and cocksfoot varieties recommended by David Leah, technical extension agronomist with Seed Force Australia,” Mrs Anderson said.

According to the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia, 2020 delivered the strongest year of tractor sales since the 1980s.

“We expect the strong demand for all agricultural machinery, livestock handling equipment and fencing materials to continue through 2021 and, combined with the focus on regional Australia with the public’s keenness to get out and about, will auger well for a successful 2021 Henty Machinery Field Days,” Mrs Anderson said.

The not-for-profit HMFD Cooperative enabled fundraising of more than $350,000 to regional sporting clubs, community organisations and schools from the 2019 Henty Machinery Field Days.

 

 

Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative Limited

Phone: (02) 6929 3305

Site Address: 22 Lubkes Road, Henty NSW 2658

Postal Address: PO Box 107, HENTY NSW 2658

General Email: admin@hmfd.com.au

Site Information: applications@hmfd.com.au

Accounts: accounts@hmfd.com.au

Media: media@hmfd.com.au

Henty is located midway between Albury and Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Way