NANCE Harney turned 90 on Tuesday but you wouldn’t know it.
The country girl celebrated her milestone birthday at the Elmore Field Days on Tuesday, a special achievement.
This year the Elmore Field Days is marking its 50th anniversary.
A feat Nance says is a dream come true.
It is an event she says she looks forward to every year.
I don’t think we ever thought the Field Days would get this big
For the past half century Nance has been making a countless amount of sandwiches and selling pies as part of the Elmore Field Days catering.
Nance said the Field Days had come a long way since it first began on the banks of the Campaspe River.
“The beginning they were fledgling days, the site was on a bend on the river just out of Elmore,” she said.
“A few local men had the idea.
“They had been and seen a field days so they decided to try and start one in Elmore.
“There was no infrastructure it was just out on the reserve.
“From then it has grown, now there is a wide range of machinery and a lot of different things and now there is a lot of things for women.”
Nance said when the Field Days began not a lot of women showed an interest in the event, however that quickly changed.
“You can’t do anything without food,” she laughed.
“All the women got involved to help the men folk.
“We supported them.
“We bought pies from the local bakery and made sandwiches, that’s how we started, but now it has grown, there are now bigger and better facilities for all the catering.”
Nance said back in 1964 the people involved with the event could never of imagined the Elmore Field Days would reach 50 years.
"I don’t think we ever thought the Field Days would get this big," she said.
“In the early days we wondered how we would keep people coming but now thousands of people come through the site year after year.
“A dream has been achieved.”
Nance said it has been a family tradition to volunteer at the field days.
She said her husband Walter, who has since passed away, was involved with the event.
Nance said her children and grandchildren have also become volunteers and have got involved with the historic event.