This year’s Elmore Fields Days, the 54th installment of the agricultural get-together, will be remembered for its sunny days and high attendance figures, organisers have said.
As the three-day event came to a close on Thursday, committee member and former president David Trewick estimated this year’s proceedings attracted more visitors than any of the past five outings.
“It's been tremendous, the weather has treated us kindly this year and we've been well-supported by the public,” he said.
Broadacre crop growers were in particularly good spirits this year, Mr Trewick said, after recording solid production numbers in the past 12 months.
Thirty-two hectares of land at the Elmore Event Centre is taken over by tractors and other farming equipment for the event. About 700 exhibitors bring along their wares for display and sale.
One might think that is room enough for all those wanting to take part, but there was still a waiting list for this year’s event, a fact Mr Trewick believed boded well for the event’s future.
Aside from being a temporary marketplace for farming paraphernalia, the event was also a chance to socialise. A close-knit friendship was formed between some exhibitors who ran into each other at a string of farming events down the country’s east coast.
It's been tremendous, the weather has treated us kindly this year and we've been well-supported by the public.David Trewick, Elmore Field Days committee member
The committee member also lauded the Elmore Field Days as an opportunity for rural Australians to swap farming know-how.
Those on-hand to answer questions included the Environment Protection Authority, which offered advice about farm waste management.
“The benefits are not just in avoiding a fine and the clean up costs, proper waste management can boost your property value, soil condition and the safety of your stock, while helping to prevent the breeding of a variety of pests,” Dr Scott Pigdon, the organisation’s north west regional manager, said.
He said the EPA would also warn landholders against illegal dumping on their property, an offence that can result in prosecution an expensive cleanup.