Yass Valley is a part of the produce hub that supplies the wine and food for South West NSW. Important commodities for anyone, but food, wine and produce really mean something different in the Murrumbateman region. A hotspot for politicians taking culinary tours, the Murrumbateman Field Days takes full advantage of the regions cultivation prowess, putting on two days of food, farming equipment and agriculture techniques.
Just thirty minutes from Canberra, the Murrumbateman Field Days will return to the natural lot aside Australia’s capital city. The festival is currently being equipped with all sorts of events for the 20,000+ people that are expected to attend this year. In years gone by, the field day has provided for farming businesses of any size, showcasing the power compact farming tractors for small properties and the versatility of commercial multi-attachment tractors in big crops.
The Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds has a 40-acre site that packs more 400 exhibitors onto the fields over two days. With a strong emphasis on farming equipment and techniques, the event gives farmers a catch up on any developments they may have missed during the year, as well as a first hand look at the industry’s latest technologies.
For visitors outside of the farming industry, the show runs live entertainment and lifestyle and home improvement exhibits for DIY hobbyists. If you’re one of the few attending the event with no interest in any of the industries on display, at least you’ll have wine and food. Local produce and wine tastings will cover the event, with rides and a baby farm animals keeping the kids busy.
The event has brought a lot to the local community over the past five years, raising close to $1million thanks to the Murrumbateman Progress Association (MPA). The not for profit organisation has strengthened the community and attributed a lot to the growth of the event, which now reaches 20,000 visitors over the two day course.
With the community behind the event, exhibitors are able to expand their product to an eager and growing agriculture market. The event has also developed a Field Day Exhibitor Award, awarded each year to the best site in the honour of the late Machinery Officer Roger Lund. If you’re a business looking to breach new markets, visit the Murrumbateman Field Days website for more information.
Ticket prices for this years event are yet to be announced, however last year the online prices were as follows (buying at the gate was more expensive, with an adult ticket costing $18);
Children (12y-16): $5
Children under 12: Free
The Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds is a 20 minute drive from Canberra and around a three hour one way trip from Sydney. There are several major roads leading to the showgrounds making it highly accessible by car. For public transport information call 02 6227 5895.
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