Henty Machinery Field Days is no simple agribusiness huddle. The mixed farming event has developed into the biggest agriculture show in southern Australia, now packing more than 60,000 visitors through its gate every year. A not-for-profit even, HMFD has been servicing Aussies with machinery and camping gear, fresh produce and country lifestyle goods since 1963.
This years event plans to bring more than 1200 sites and over 850 exhibitors to the ever expanding showgrounds at Buckingingah Creek, just outside the Kosciuszko National Park. Right in the heart of the Southern produce region, HMFD is coordinated by a board of agriculturalists that know the area and that know how to put on a show. The Farm Gate Market Produce Area will put the best regional food and wine on display, giving visitors a taste of the countryside and some clever recipes.
The Taylor Wood Pavilion will make its return in 2017. The 120 metre feature will stretch through the showgrounds, creating a bazaar of arts and crafts, fashion and lifestyle products. Everyday the Pavilion will host a number of guest speeches and will include three fashion parades from local stylists.
The huge space within the HMFD site allows the event to run unique machinery events that most agriculture events simply can’t. This year there will be a display from the Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club. The club has been collecting machinery since 1977 and will bring along a collection of antique tractors, hand saws and stationary engines.
Henty’s Machine of The Year Award is an essential part of the three day festival. Being a “farmer’s choice” award, the ceremony is free from manufacturer input and gives farmers a collective, impartial opinion on some of the year’s latest machines. Each year the award is judged by an independent panel of local producers.
HMFD is the self proclaimed Australian Agribusiness Shopfront. Exhibitors choosing to promote their business at the event will have a reach of more than 60,000 contacts from a 500km radius of the Event site. The event will organise sites by agriculture fields this year, making dedicated spaces for lifestyle products, produce markets, livestock, grain marketing, solar and education.
To exhibit at this year’s HMFD, apply for a site through the event’s exhibition page.
Ticket prices for this year’s event are yet to be announced. As a guide, last year’s ticket prices were;
Adult (16+): $20
Children (12-16): $5
Children Under 12: Free
From the site: Private aircraft can be landed at the Holbrook Airpark. Landing sites are also available at Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga airports. There is a courtesy bus transporting visitors to and from the airpark at 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:30am and 2:15pm, 3:30pm and 4:50pm. Please contact Bryan Gabriel on 0423 707866 for further information regarding the Holbrook Airpark and the courtesy bus.
Wagga Air Centre will be operating helicopter joy flights from the old field days airstrip throughout the three days of the field days.
A free shuttle bus operates around the field day site stopping at eight designated points. You may also stop the bus as it passes.
A Parcel Pick-up Service is provided by Henty Park Tennis Club and St Josephs Primary School, Culcairn from the Booking Office (located on the corner of Main Road and 7th Farm Ave) for collection at the western and eastern public car parks.
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