THE ORGANISERS of the Elmore Field Days are happy with the event despite a slump in numbers.
Public relations officer Sam Shotton said the three day event, which finished on Thursday, attracted about 32,000 people, down from 35,000 in 2012.
But she said the event had still be a success.
“It’s gone as well as can be expected given the horrible weather we had,” Ms Shotton said.
“The figures were down on previous years due to the bad weather.
“But on Thursday the crowds were strong given we had blue skies and sun.
“There were good reports from the exhibitors who seem to have left happy.”
Ms Shotton said there had been more than 700 exhibitors, which was “fairly standard”.
It’s gone as well as can be expected given the horrible weather we had
“Six of them have been with us for all 50 years,” she said.
“It’s a great country event that people come out and support.
“And it’s just generally good for the industry.
“A lot of networking happens between dealers and exhibitors and it’s the one place people can compare machines within metres of each other.”
McCullochs Hydraulic Engineers is one of the companies which marked 50 years of involvement with the field days.
Sales representative Michael Shiell said it was important for those in the agriculture industry.
“I think if we didn’t come to the field days people would think we have gone out of business,” he joked.
“As a business we look forward to coming to the field days every year.”
Exhibitors were packing up their displays Thursday night, which will continue into next week.
Ms Shotton said while this year’s event had only just finished, the work would continue.
“The Elmore Event Centre will return to a nice and peaceful place and we’ll start planning for next year as of next week,” she said.
“Our focus this year was on the 50th anniversary.
Weather keeps attendees away, but organisers still happy
“We’ll be looking at ideas and features for us to focus on next year, which will be decided in coming months.”
This year's event featured a wide range of activities centered around agriculture.
The shearing shed was again popular with attendees and a tractor parade also received strong support.
Ms Shotton said she was unsure what might change at next year's field days.
"I'd like to acknowledge the continued community support we received from our volunteers," she said.
"Without them the event certainly wouldn't be able to happen."