Although battling winds and thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, Manager of the Murrumbateman Field Days Bill Chapman is still pleased with the turnout
for last weekend’s event.
“While Saturday’s weather made things difficult for us, we can’t begrudge many of our region’s farmers receiving at least some rain, especially while there
are many areas in our state still in drought,” Mr Chapman said.
“The visitor numbers do appear to be down on last year, but only by around 1,000 which considering the weather we had on Saturday afternoon, I would say
we have done well.”
Interim numbers are showing that around 16,100 visitors attended the event and with exhibitors, volunteers and entertainers, more than 18,500 people were
on site over the two days.
“We did have an increase in exhibitors this year with everything from water tanks, mowers, tractors, tools and clothing to the best in food and wine on
sale,” Mr Chapman said.
“The Woodchopping Competition on the Saturday and the demonstration on the Sunday was sponsored by Ray White Rural, Canberra and Yass and proved really
popular with visitors. As did the Australian Draught Horses at the Tractor Pull and on Sunday, a sheep shearing demonstration by one of the NSW Police.
“Animals and livestock proved really popular over the weekend, particularly the Children’s Farmyard and the bigger farm machinery such as tractors.
“We look forward to next year and hope everyone will continue to join us here at Murrumbateman for a great two days,” he added.