The 2015 Henty Field Days is here and there are a million and one things to see and do at the three-day event.
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8am: Exelpet/Pedigree Sheep and Yard Dog trials start.
9am: Wagga Air Centre helicopter joy flights start; Fencing time trial begins at the Clipex site 601-603 Block O; Austrade Free Trade Agreement seminar at Buckargingah Lounge (next to Dog & Whistle Bistro)
9.30am: Agri-Centre speaker program gets underway (southern end); Chainsaw sculpting with Angie Polglaze near The Stump
9.45am: Country Lifestyle program starts; Circus performance at Farm Gate stage.
10am: Farm Gate Market Produce pavilion program begins.
10am-12 noon: Dreamfields musicians perform on the sound stage.
10.30am: Austrade Free Trade Agreement seminar at Buckargingah Lounge (next to Dog & Whistle Bistro)
11am: Country Lifestyle exhibitor fashion parade.
11am-2.30pm: Courtney Roulston and Michael Headon, of MasterChef, cook up a storm in the Farm Gate kitchen (southern end).
11am: Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils.
12 noon: Renowned musician Brock Shirley performs on the Farm Gate stage (southern end)
Lunchbreak: Parelli Natural Horsemanship demonstration at the Exelpet/Pedigree sheep dog trial site.
1pm: Judging of the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion and Accessories awards; Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils.
1pm-3pm: Dreamfields musicians perform on the sound stage
1.30pm: Presentation of the Tractor and Machinery Association Award by Scott Maxwell at The Stump; Exelpet/Pedigree Sheep and Yard Dog trials finals followed by presentations.
2pm: Austrade Free Trade Agreement seminar at Buckargingah Lounge (next to Dog & Whistle Bistro); Chainsaw sculpting with Angie Polglaze near The Stump
2.30pm: Country Lifestyle exhibitor fashion parade.
3pm: Circus performance at Farm Gate stage
4pm: Gate prize draw of accommodation for two for two nights and full buffet breakfast at the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne.
5pm: Helicopter joy flights finish. Gates close.
♦ Farming has taken up lost ground in the economy caused by the end of the mining boom, according to new NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen. The Corowa farmer's first key-note address at the Henty Machinery Field Days was full of positivity. Read more
♦ Confidence in the seasonal conditions buoyed by lucrative livestock prices was evident in the mood at Henty. Read more
♦ It was MasterChef Henty-style when Courtney Roulston and Michael Weldon jumped into the Farm Gate kitchen. Continue reading
♦ More than 60,000 people flood through the gates at the Henty Machinery Field Days 2015 to view about 800 exhibits displaying millions of dollars worth of agricultural machinery. Read more
♦ FARMERS should be considered the rock stars of Australia, according to celebrity gardener and television personality Costa Georgiadis. The passionate, energetic and quirky Gardening Australia host told those at the Henty Machinery Field Days that young people should see farming as an exciting career. Georgiadis – who received compliments about his beard, which he hasn't shaved since 1991 – believes farming needs to be rebranded as something exciting. Continue reading
♦ A BUMPER crowd has gone to the Henty Machinery Fields Days for the opening of this year’s event. Featuring more than 800 exhibitors and in excess of $100 million of machinery onsite, good weather led to a solid showing at Tuesday's opening with 60,000 people expected over three days. Farmlink chief executive and 2015 Rural Women's Award winner Cindy Cassidy opened the event with a speech highlighting the importance of innovation. Continue reading
♦ HOMEMADE cakes and slices were served alongside tea and coffee for the 50th year running at the Henty Field Days thanks to a dedicated group of women. It has been 50 years since women’s interests were introduced to the field days in the Country Lifestyle pavilion. Members of the Country Women's Association (CWA) Riverina Branch are thrilled to still be part of the event. Continue reading
♦ CONSUMERS were given the chance to get to know the producers of their food at this year's Henty Machinery Field Days. The Farm Gate section provides field days goers the chance to taste, smell and talk about fresh, locally grown produce. Over the last five years the section has been steadily growing with this year shaping up to be one of the best. Continue reading
♦ A LOT HAS changed at the field days site over the last 52 years with upgrades and improves being made every year. These changes ring true for the Henty preschool who have been hosted a family friendly centre at the field days for around 50 years. They offer families with children a spot to relax and rest after a big day at the field days. Continue reading
♦ THE HENTY Machinery Field Days may not be your typical place to find circus performers but one Henty local has been performing there for years. Marcela Scheuner is performing each day at the field days, an event she has fond memories of as a child. Continue reading
♦ MANY PEOPLE KNOW IT for its jingle, others for the sheer size of the event and others for a good day out with friends but the Henty Machinery Field Days is also a massive money maker. In total, the event is worth $92 million with $30 million brought in locally and a further $62 million nationally. Locally, that amount equates to 32 equivalent full time jobs. Continue reading
♦ RELATIONS TO THE INVENTOR of the header, Headlie Shipard Taylor, hope they can raise enough money to recognise the contribution he made to farming in Australia and across the world. Mr Taylor designed the HST header which revolutionised the way crops were harvested and the same principle is used in headers today. Continue reading
♦ Masterchef finalist Michael Weldon will cook up a storm at the Henty’s Farm Gate Produce Market kitchen this week. Weldon will prepare pot roasted sausages with tomatoes and sage, marinated butterflied lamb leg with flat bread and green sauce and beef chilli with sour cream and rice during the field days. Continue reading
♦ A revolutionary machine designed to maintain soil structure while repairing wheel tracks has been named as the 2015 Henty Machine of the Year. Read more
♦ Record cattle prices, timely winter rain and a potentially bumper cropping season augers well for the nation’s biggest outdoor agricultural event, the Henty Machinery Field Days. Continue reading
♦ Pencils inlaid in timber, a marble sculpture and leather shapes – hardly tractors or headers, but they will be exhibited at the Henty Machinery Field Days this week. Read more
♦ If there was ever a “good” time for an airport strike, it would be just after international exhibitors have already landed for the Henty Machinery Field Days. Long lines at customs at Sydney Airport during the first day of strikes on Monday put travellers at risk of missing domestic connections to Albury. Henty Machinery Field Days organisers were not worried about international exhibitors missing the event, as they had already landed to begin setting up on Monday, ready for the expected 60,000 visitors to start streaming in on Tuesday. Read more
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