Fears for Ag Art Wear competition’s longevity at the Elmore Field Days

Lorraine Trewick, champion of the Ag Art Wear competition at Elmore Field Days. Picture: NONI HYETT
Lorraine Trewick, champion of the Ag Art Wear competition at Elmore Field Days. Picture: NONI HYETT

ORGANISERS of one of the highlights of the Elmore Field Days are concerned for its future, following a drop in participation.

At the peak of its popularity, the Ag Art Wear competition had about 53 entries.

This year, it has 33.  

It follows the cessation of the Ag Art Wear competition at New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Organiser Lorraine Trewick said she had tried to raise awareness of the event at schools, universities, and through sponsors.

“We’ve been here, there and everywhere,” she said.

Though she said admiration for the concept and for garments created for the competition was widespread, it had yet to result in additional entries.

“I’m not sure what more we can do,” Mrs Trewick said.

The challenge crafting wearable art from materials typical to the agricultural sector has been a feature of the Elmore Field Days for 17 years. 

The competition has four sections: avant-garde, designer, 18 years and under, and hats.

Entries are paraded down a catwalk, under the scrutiny of a panel of three judges. 

The top designs from each category qualify for the final on Thursday at 2pm. 

Travel vouchers and cash are among the available prizes.

Mrs Trewick said entrants used to be eligible to win a trip to New Zealand to compete in Ag Art Wear at the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays.

The event was the inspiration for the competition in Elmore.

Despite concerns about the quantity of entries, Mrs Trewick was impressed by the quality of the garments. 

She asked that anyone interested in getting involved in future contact the Elmore Field Days on 03 5432 6176 or online at elmorefielddays.com.au.