New high for Mildura Field Days

Joe Ralli and son Dylan, 13, show off their tools at last year’s Mildura Field Days.

Joe Ralli and son Dylan, 13, show off their tools at last year’s Mildura Field Days.

ABOUT 175 exhibitors will take part this year’s Mildura Field Days, making it the biggest show in the event’s 67-year history.

“We’re up about 30 exhibitors on last year,” Mildura Field Days co-ordinator Jo Rodda said.

“It’s absolutely bursting at the seams and the site had to be extended by 30 metres.”

Ms Rodda said the field days aimed to promote the best our region has to offer and to provide easy access to new information, technology advances and improved farming systems.

“Farming is increasingly becoming technologically reliant and there are a number of products that can make it easier and more efficient for farmers to produce their goods at a cost-effective price,” Ms Rodda said.

“A range of these products will be on display and available for farmers to experience at this year’s event.

“We have a number of new exhibitors and are excited to see the event continue to grow.”

She said while initially focusing on dried fruit products, the event now included all horticulture and agriculture industries.

Mildura’s Rod Ford, the principal dealer at Agg-Tech Machinery, said the family-owned business has been taking part in the event since its creation in 1997.

“We sell farm machinery and all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles, such as tractors and motorbikes,” he said.

“(The show) has grown over the years and changed from being a week event to a Friday-Saturday event, and it’s diversified.

“It’s good to be able to showcase our products to local people.”

Administration assistant Sharon Pitt at The Shed Company – which sells sheds, verandas and carports – said the event allowed Sunraysia people “to see there are local options in Mildura”.

“We’ve got an increasing number of exhibitors who have broad-acre farming, sheep and livestock,” Ms Rodda said.

“Farming is about families and if we don’t introduce children to farming, we don’t actually have a farming future.

“The idea behind that is to have something for everyone, young people included.”

The 67th Mildura Field Days will be held tomorrow and Saturday at the SuniTAFE field, Benetook Avenue, Mildura.

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