2015 Rotary FNQ Field Days – bigger and better than ever!!
THE Rotary FNQ Field Days returns in May next year, with more sites, better attractions and a better visitor experience for the thousands expected to turn out.
An initiative of the Tableland Rotary Clubs of Atherton and Mareeba, the bi-annual event will be held at the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds on May 27 and 28 May 2015.
A massive 400 sites – nearly double the 2013 amount – went on sale today to coincide with the event’s official launch.
Rotary FNQ Field Days Committee Chairman Evan McGrath OAM said the event was the best in the region, with exhibitors reporting sell-out performances and strong after-event sales.
“In 2013, the event attracted around 17,000 people, with a record 250 sites sold,” Mr McGrath said.
“This wonderful support from the public enabled the Rotary clubs to give back about $160,000 to various community projects.”
The Mareeba Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into the largest and most comprehensive display of agricultural equipment and associated products and services in the region.
The tractor pull and inventors competition will return and be joined by a new business and lifestyle marquee.
Mr McGrath said the support of the event’s strategic partners was critical to its success.
He said the recent addition of MSF Sugar – Tableland Mill as the event’s third strategic partner was further evidence of the willingness of the region’s industry and business community to help grow the event.
“We are extremely fortunate to have like-minded business Mareeba Mazda, Bendigo Bank and MSF Sugar – Tableland Mill as strategic partners,” Mr McGrath said.
Exhibitors are encouraged to book and pay for sites online at the redeveloped, interactive website, www.fnqfielddays.org.au
The art union returns, with a massive $46,000 in prizes on offer including a new car, quad bike, holiday and diamond ring.
Tickets will be available from Bendigo Bank branches across the Tablelands, sponsors Mareeba Mazda, Marama Jewellery, Travel Experience.com and Atherton Mowers and Chainsaws and other outlet, and includes a one-day admission.
Mr McGrath said the committee was making a concerted effort to improve elements of the 2013 field days to ensure a quality experience for visitors.
This includes streamlining traffic management and providing more food vendors.