2021 Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days: August 25th & 26th

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 54 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 25,000 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.

Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days 2018 - Photo: Swifthound Photography

Media Release – 17/03/2020

In response to advice from federal authorities the current ban on events of 500+ attendees will not be reviewed until the end of June and is highly likely that this will still be in place for August.

Unfortunately, we will not be proceeding with the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days in 2020.

The Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field days team were in contact with Field Days around Australia and working with federal authorities on the best call of action.

We received advice from federal authorities to not proceed with this year’s event, a decision that was not taken lightly.

Nadine McMorran, the 2020 Chairperson says “We wanted to act in the best interest of our volunteers and community, our exhibitors & suppliers, sponsors, staff and visitors.

This is certainly unknown territory for a lot of us as this is the first time in our 56 year history that we have had to deal with this but I ask that we all rally around and support each other, we have a wonderful community with a can do attitude. Our local businesses certainly need our support this year and beyond as they too navigate through this.”

“We will still run our 2 funding rounds for this year and there is an opportunity to hold a few busy bees to offer our hourly rate to our volunteers to still raise some funds for their organisations.

Our plan for the next couple of weeks is to tidy up our end with exhibitors that have already sent in applications and answering the many questions they may have.”

“We are certainly looking forward into the future this is the next chapter in the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days story and also our communities. We are very proud of what our community has achieved in the past 56 years and it is an exciting prospect of what we can achieve for the next 50+. We are all systems go for August 25th & 26, 2021 and look forward to once again hosting another successful event.”

Last year alone the Field Days paid over $80,000 in volunteer hours to community groups involved in the event, a priority will be continuing our not for profit support throughout regional Australia through these trying times.

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.