Ten things to do and see at AgQuip 2019

Gunnedah AgQuip 10 things to do and see

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An aerial shot of AgQuip. Photo: file

An aerial shot of AgQuip. Photo: file

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Check out our top picks for the 2019 AgQuip field days.

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With AgQuip almost here, it's time to start planning what to do over the three biggest days in Gunnedah.

Australian Community Media has come up with a top-10 list of the must-do activities and the must-see sites - so itinerary planning is a little bit easier.

In no particular order, check out our top picks for the 2019 AgQuip field days.

NightQuip

New to Gunnedah this year, NightQuip will showcase everything the shire has to offer.

Local businesses will keep their doors open for late night trading, and visitors can check out other stallholders, food vendors and buskers.

NightQuip will be held on Tuesday from 5pm-9pm in Conadilly Street.

Working dog demonstration

Kelpies can do some amazing things and AgQuip gets a look at some of the best working dogs around each year.

Nicholas Seis of Winona Merino & Kelpie Stud has been showing and selling his kelpies at the Gunnedah field day for about 30 years and this year will be no different.

Check out the Winona Stud kelpies at site X-W/39-40.

Steak sandwiches or lamb lollipops?

Chop around: George Barton and Daniel McCulloch will serve up 1000 free 'lamb lollipops' to the hungry crowd at the Agquip field days. Photo: Peter Hardin 140819

Chop around: George Barton and Daniel McCulloch will serve up 1000 free 'lamb lollipops' to the hungry crowd at the Agquip field days. Photo: Peter Hardin 140819

AgQuip is famous for it's delicious steak sandwiches, which have been on many stallholder's menus for years.

But this year, a new contender is vying for the top spot.

Tamworth's McCulloch Agencies will be cooking up 1000 free 'lamb lollipops' for AgQuip visitors, hoping to combat the humble steak sanga while promoting the local lamb industry.

Staff at the stand (I-19) will be serving up hot lamb chops fresh off the barbecue, so get in quick to nab your free one and decide whether you prefer the AgQuip classic or the newcomer.

Agriculture, Innovation, and Marketing (AIM) Centre

Another new addition to this year's AgQuip, the AIM Centre will offer those struggling with the ongoing drought free workshops and seminars on mental health, general health, rural relief funding, and more.

Farming families, landholders, primary producers, and small farm holders are encouraged to attend the daily sessions, starting at 10am, for some extra support.

The AIM Centre can be located at site K-25 and will be open over the three AgQuip days.

Rural Relief Precinct

Helping hand: The new addition to AgQuip 2019 will focus on helping those on the land through this tough time.

Helping hand: The new addition to AgQuip 2019 will focus on helping those on the land through this tough time.

The Rural Relief Precinct is another new addition, which will offer lifesaving preventative health and safety information, rural aid, food parcels and on-site help to apply for drought relief assistance.

Stallholders include Salvation Army, Centacare New England North West, Men's Health Educational Rural Van (MERV), Outback Alternative Training, Woolworths, Variety, and Royal Far West.

The precinct will be located in the W, X, Y, and Z areas around sites 31-27.

Lifestyle shopping arcade and outdoor market place

AgQuip really does offer something for everyone, and for the shop-a-holics, the shopping arcade and market place are the places to go.

Bedding and furniture, clothes, handy gadgets, kitchen appliances, kites, wine, and much more will be available for those wanting to shop up a storm.

The two shopping havens can be located on BB row and will be open daily on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday from 9am to 4pm.

Annual billy boiling competition

ICONIC TRADITION: Billy boiling competition co-organiser Sid Knight and The Railway Hotel's Grace Areces, Suzi Beard and Brontee Toma with the trophies. Photo: Vanessa Hohnke

ICONIC TRADITION: Billy boiling competition co-organiser Sid Knight and The Railway Hotel's Grace Areces, Suzi Beard and Brontee Toma with the trophies. Photo: Vanessa Hohnke

The Roy Jaeger and Tony Bowles Memorial Billy Boiling Championship of NSW is another classic event that has been running for almost 40 years during the AgQuip week.

Held at The Railway Hotel on Tempest Street on Tuesday night, competitors come from far and wide to see if they can boil a billy can the fastest.

Each competitor is given a box of matches, tomahawk, block of pine, billy with 600ml of water in it and piece of cardboard to fan the flames. These are the only tools competitors are given to win the top spot.

Do you think you've got what it takes? Sign up from 5.30pm on the Tuesday night at the hotel.

Old MacDonald's Travelling Farm

AgQuip's younger visitors can pet the wide variety of animals at Old MacDonald's Travelling Farm.

Located on site Y-Z/35-36, animals include baby ducklings, lambs, piglets, goats and much more.

The site is also located right near the Rural Relief Precinct, so kids can enjoy the animals while parents have a chat to service providers.

Whip cracking demonstration

The award-winning Wicks family will be providing a whip cracking demonstration during AgQuip as well.

All of the members of the Gunnedah family have won awards for whip cracking in the past, with Daniel Wicks currently holding the Australian and world whip cracking champion titles.

Demonstrations will be held on Tuesday at the NSW Farmer's Association stand, at site G-H/24-25.

Country Women's Association (CWA)

Can you really go to AgQuip and not enjoy a tasty scone with jam and cream?

The lovely ladies from the CWA will be back at this year's field days serving some delicious treats for all.

Visit the CWA stand at A-B/23.

  • Entrance gates to AgQuip are open from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday 20 August, and Wednesday 21 August and on Thursday 22 August from 9 am to 4 pm.

The story Ten things to do and see at AgQuip 2019 first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.

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