Rotary FNQ Field Days Back Bigger And Better Than Ever
FAR North Queensland’s premier agricultural event is only seven months away and promises to be bigger, better and brighter than ever.
The Rotary FNQ Field Days, an initiative of the Tableland Rotary Clubs of Atherton and Mareeba, is a biannual event showcasing the largest and most comprehensive display of agricultural equipment and related products and services.
The 2013 event will be held on 29 and 30 May, with next year’s showcase moving to a bigger location at Kerribee Park, near Mareeba in Far North Queensland.
Field Days Committee chairman Collin Messervy said the event’s popularity among exhibitors and visitors meant it had outgrown its previous location.
“The field days has a proud 25-year history on the Atherton Tablelands and attracts thousands of visitors,” Mr Messervy said.
“Kerribee Park offers a number of opportunities to help us continue to grow the event.
“It’s a bigger site which means more exhibits and more attractions. There’ll be more than 200 exhibits as well as market stalls.
“Each exhibit will have access to electricity allowing exhibitors to be more interactive and deliver the very latest in technological advances.”
Mr Messervy said while the event catered for primary producers, mining and other related industries, organisers endeavoured to ensure there was something for all the family.
Making a return next year are many of the popular attractions like the inventors competition, a stationary and vintage engine display and horse whispering, alongside some new attractions including a vintage tractor pull demonstration and helicopter flights.
Supporting the comprehensive range of exhibits will be seminars from experts on a range of topics including horticulture, cropping and grazing.
Mr Messervy said the two-day event was run by Rotarian volunteers, with all monies raised returned to the community through the Rotary clubs.
“Our dedicated event coordinator Lesa Pershouse has been engaged to ensure the smooth running of what has become one of the best field day events in Queensland,” Mr Messervy said.
“In 2011, more than 11,000 people walked through the gates, and with a bigger site and more exhibits, we are confident that figure will increase.”
Field Days Event Coordinator Lesa Pershouse said demand for sites was high.
“Businesses aren’t wasting any time in securing their sites at the new venue, with 40 exhibitor sites booked already,” Ms Pershouse said.