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Henty's population booms as field days loom large this week

Henty Field Day News
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It's all happening at Henty, and the tiny town is preparing for a population injection as agriculture is celebrated for three days.

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The Henty Machinery Field Days will once again see the town's population swell by about 60,000 people as visitors flock to one of southern Australia's biggest agricultural events.

The 2019 Field Days on September 17-19 will feature more than 1200 sites across 105 hectares.

Field days chief executive Belinda Anderson said one of the new attractions this year will be a presentation with The Rock's Jo Palmer, who was this month was named the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award National Winner.

Other drawcards include the daily sheep and yard dog trials, Natural Fibre Fashion Awards, reptile display, and the Farm Gate Produce Market pavilion with cooking demonstrations.

"The preparations are going great. There is certainly a lot of activity on site and a lot of machinery being offloaded and set up," Mrs Anderson said.

"The number of exhibitors is on par with other years; I think we are up to 830.

"We estimate there will be well over 3000 businesses on site and in prior years we had well over $150 million worth of products."

Mrs Anderson said the annual event was a great boost for Henty and the region with 25 community groups being involved with fundraising during the field days.

At Henty's only pub, Doodle Cooma Arms Hotel, publican Alison Baldock was looking forward to her first field days since taking over the lease earlier this year.

"We're very, very busy," she said.

"We're fully booked out. We're opening all week for dinner, which we usually don't."

Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton said preparing for the field days "was a big job for a country community."

"It's a great opportunity for fundrasing for all sorts of clubs and schools and they've all got a task allocated," she said.

"It's outside money, generally, that's coming into those groups and communities.

"From the town's point of view, I know that the Henty community works very hard to make their town very presentable and uses it as an opportunity to show off.

"Everyone in the shire has a big red-hot go."

Mrs Anderson reminded Field Days Attendees and all drivers using the roads around Henty during the event to take care on the road and be aware of changed traffic conditions.

Selected program

TUES, SEPTEMBER 17

8am Pedigree Sheep and Yard Dog trials start Pedigree Dog Trial Area; Champion axeman & men's health advocate David Foster at Atlantic Oils site. (all three days)

9am Wagga Air Centre's joy flights begin (all three days)

9am Reptile awareness display near The Stump, every half hour until 4pm (all three days)

9.30am Country Lifestyle program begins at Country Lifestyle Pavilion; Farm Gate Produce Area program begins (all three days).

10am AgriFutures Australia NextGen seminar series - "Rural Issues of the future - the next gen's views" at Site 565, Block N

10.30am See the CadMac deep ripper in the machinery demonstration area.

11am Official Opening by AgriFutures Australia Chair Kay Hull and presentation of the 2019 HMFD Machine of the Year Award at The Stump

11am George the Farmer performance at Hutcheon & Pearce Site Sites 489-499 Block M (all three days)

1pm 2019 HMFD Natural Fibre Fashion Awards parade with prizes valued at $5000. Competition to be judged Thursday at the Country Lifestyle Pavilion

2pm AgriFutures Australia NextGen seminar series - "NextGen Ag - Career pathways in Australian agriculture"

2.30pm Exhibitor fashion parade Country Lifestyle Pavilion

5pm Helicopter joy flight finish. Gates close (all three days).

WED, SEPTEMBER 18

9.45am Australian launch of Kuhn SD 12901iD hay baler at Kuhn Farm Machinery Site 439-442, Block L

10.30am Winners of the HMFD exhibitor awards announced at The Stump

11am West Wyalong Movies launches historical documentary, Bag to Bulk at The Stump followed by G-Well bag loader demonstration.

THURS, SEPTEMBER 19

10am AgriFutures Australia NextGen seminar series - "Ag Tech - next level agriculture"

11am Australian launch of the CLAAS LEXION 8000 combine at The Stump

11am Exhibitor Fashion Parade at Country Lifestyle Pavilion

1pm Judging of the 2019 HMFD Natural Fibre Fashion Awards at the Country Lifestyle Pavilion

1.30pm Presentation of the Greater Hume Council Award for the Best Australian Manufactured Machine at The Stump

1.30pm Pedigree Sheep and Yard Dog trials finals and presentations.

5pm Gates close. Full program at hmfd.com.au.

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