ELMORE Field Days 2013 got off to a blustery start yesterday when two gazebos were damaged by gale-force winds.
Elmore Field Days spokeswoman Sam Shotton said two gazebos used by exhibitors and two other structures were damaged, but there was no significant property damage and “it could have been worse.”
Committee members were able to quickly contact local companies this morning to replace the gazebos with marquees at short notice, Ms Shotton said.
“It’s still all systems go,” she said.
Considering the blustery weather, organisers were happy with the first-day crowd numbers, she said.
“Once the sun came out and blue sky appeared, the crowd was steady.”
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine officially opened the field days, which this year celebrates its 50th year of operation, praising it as one of Australia’s best.
Elmore Field Days vice-president Frank Harney launched the commemorative book Elmore Field Days: The First 50 Years.
Frank’s mother, Nancy Harney, turned 90 yesterday and she was honoured during the opening ceremony with a bunch of flowers and the Elmore commemoratove book for her birthday and for her service as president of the Elmore Field Days catering committee from 1974-78.
Her husband Wal Harney was also one of the committee's inaugural members.
Farmers who attended day one were keen to watch the in-paddock demonstrations of machinery and look around at the hundreds of machinery displays.
Claas Harvest Centre Echuca celebrated 100 years of manufacturing.
Echuca dealer principal Brendan Caffery and wife Marcella have been running the Echuca dealership for four years. The German firm this year is in its 100th year of production of harvesters, tractors and other agricultural machinery.
Mr Caffery said Claas was still wholly owned by the Claas family company in Germany and dealerships from across Australia and New Zealand enjoyed a major function in New Zealand a few weeks ago to celebrate the 100th milestone, he said.
Elsewhere at the field days, an appreciative crowd watched the stunning creations made out of agricultural implements in the Ag Art Wear Competition.
Children flocked to have their photos taken with policemen manning the police site, and be lifted into the cabins of gigantic machinery.
Day Two today features the Sardi National Oat Trial Bus Tour, which departs the AFIA site 142 at 11am.
The Shearing the Past - Blade and Narrow Gear Shearing Display is on at 12.30pm, a vintage tractor parade at 2pm and an Ag Art Wear Competition fashion parade in the auditorium also at 2pm.
Once the sun came out and blue sky appeared, the crowd was steady