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 around 20% over the past five years and last year visitor number saw a whopping 20% increase compared to the previous year,” Mr Jones said.
“While the numbers were slightly down on last year, which we were expecting after the 50th anniversary, they are still well above the five year average.
“The event is growing momentum and with some significant changes planned over the next few years, we expect the number of visitors and exhibitors to continue on an upwards trend.”
Exhibitors are also reporting high sales and a significant number of positive enquiries, with many farmers banking on a respectable season for the first time in many years.
Some of the highlights of the event included a war display, featuring a Stuart M3 Tank and very rare World War II searchlight.
Cleaning Guru Shannon Lush was also extremely popular, as was the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase featuring alt-country troubadour Ruby Boots.
“But there was certainly no doubting most people were here to talk business and the cheque books were out,” Mr Jones said.
“And exhibitors were ready, with a huge amount of equipment on display.
“The quality of the exhibits was the best we’ve seen, with the site absolutely packed with new agricultural machinery and related equipment.
“And as a result, competition was fierce for this year’s awards.”
The Most Outstanding Exhibitor went to Aglime of Australia/Precision SoilTech for their incredible Sandcastle display.
“Boekeman Machinery was recognised for their Patriot 4430 Sprayer in the Best New Release- Self Propelled Machinery section, while Landpoint Holdings took out the award for Best New Release- Machinery Attachments.
“Best New Release – Allied Equipment, was won by DE Engineering and Roesner was highly commended, winning the new award for Best Emerging Technology.
The best Lifestyle and Leisure Exhibit was awarded to Purslowe Tinetti Funerals while Diesel Motors & Westpoint Star Mercedes-Benz won Best Motoring.
The Agricultural College Fencing Challenge was won by the WA College of Agriculture Narrogin.