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.
“In recent years the site has been fully booked across all areas, but to be knocking exhibitors back by mid May is pretty well unheard of,” Mr Metcalf said.
“We can only attribute it to the exceptional start to the season this year.
“It shows that agricultural businesses have faith this will be a bumper year for Wheatbelt farmers, and we certainly hope they’re right!”
This year’s event will celebrate the “Face of Farming”, with a focus on the people that make the agricultural industry a success.
Building on last year’s theme of Careers in Agriculture, school debating will also be introduced to the event, with high school students covering a number of hot agricultural related issues throughout the two days.
A new Equestrian Exhibit will also be introduced this year, as a result of feedback received from visitors to the event.
Event Coordinator Jenna Santos said many people that attend the Field Days ride and own horses, and have requested more equestrian related exhibits.
“The exhibit will include around 30 equestrian businesses, as well as demonstrations and clinics throughout the two days,” Mrs Santos said.
“It is expect to attract several thousand equestrian enthusiasts from across the state, and will be a welcome addition to our event.”
The Dowerin Field Days would like to thank its major sponsors for their support including GWN7, Countyman and Farmmachinerysales.com.au