2016 Dowerin Field Days: August 24th-25th
Dowerin Events Management is the organisation responsible for running the iconic Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days and several other wheatbelt events. As a not-for-profit organisation, all the income generated through the Field Days and other events goes directly into the local region. Through the fundraising efforts of over 300 volunteers for their nominated clubs and organisations, as well as significant donations offered through our funding Committee, Dowerin and the wider community benefit greatly from the events.
The Dowerin Field Days itself is the largest and most widely recognised agricultural event in Western Australia. The Committee has built a strong reputation over its 50 year history, with the brand recognised throughout Australia and increasingly overseas, across rural, regional and metropolitan areas.
The Dowerin Field Days directly targets attendees from agricultural regions, attracting over 24,000 visitors each year. Recent studies have shown that over 70% of all attendees come from rural and regional areas and most own or run an agricultural related business. Around 7000 broad acre farmers attend the event each year and over half of all visitors stated their reason for attending was a strong interest in agricultural products and services.
But in recognition of the extraordinary efforts of the Dowerin Community in establishing and maintaining the unique event, the Committee has also involved themselves in promoting the event beyond an agricultural context, to acknowledge its importance to rural tourism. As a result the Field Days has won several tourism awards at a state and national level. After taking our the WA award for “Significant Local Festivals and Special Events in 1995, the event went on to win the National award in the same category and then proceeded to be the winner of the category again in 1996 and 1997. In 1998 the Dowerin Field Days was inducted into the Sir David Brand Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.
How To Get There
Green in winter and golden in summer, Dowerin lies 156km north east of Perth and is only a 2 hour scenic drive from the city along the Pioneers Pathway. Upon arrival you will be greeted by Rusty our Tin Dog who stands guard at the Western entrance to town proudly representing the spirit and ingenuity of this small rural community.
Dowerin is nestled in the heart of the Wheatbelt and enjoys a temperate climate with winter rainfall and hot, dry summers. This appealing country environment is complemented by a range of easily accessible community and sport facilities for the benefit of local people and visitors alike.
The Shire of Dowerin has a population of approximately 701 residents and there is an impressive average of 45,000 tourists visiting the Shire every year.
Please find below a list of downloadable forms, maps, event schedules, and further relevant information:
Field Days Caravan Park Booking- FULL
WIDESPREAD rain across the wheatbelt in the past couple of months, has generated a lot of interest among exhibitors to the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days. With such a positive outlook for the season, the machinery sites were all spoken for by the time application’s closed on May 13th. The number of exhibitors to the event has been consistently rising over the past few years from 600 in 2013 to 700 in 2015, with even more expected for this year. Dowerin Events Management Chairman Michael Metcalf said it was unusual to receive such a significant number of applications so early.Read more
THE sun was shining over the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days this week, which coupled with widespread rain since late July, resulted in a highly successful 51st event. A record number of exhibitors and close to 23,000 visitors attended, which is well up on the long term average for gate numbers. Dowerin Events Management Chairman Ashley Jones said the high number of visitors on the back of last year’s 50th could be attributed to not only the positive outlook for the season but also the success of the event in recent years. “The number of exhibitors has risen by aroundRead more
A STRONG crowd of over 25,500 people visited the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days this week, which marks a record for recent years. The 52nd event attracted even more visitors than its 50th Anniversary year, which saw a 20 per cent increase on previous years. Dowerin Events Management Chairman Michael Metcalf said the increased number of visitors was no doubt a reflection of the season. “This season has to be the best we’ve seen in this region for over ten years, with well above average rainfall for the growing season,” Mr Metcalf said. “To top it off we were blessedRead more