Dowerin MFD cancelled the 2020 event, but are all systems go for 25 and 26 of August 2021, and look forward to hosting a very successful event
The Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days were derived from the need to raise funds to construct a dam in order to water the town’s sports ovals and tennis courts.
To quote June Lacy (nee Read) who wrote in the 50th celebration book, “Those who attended the meeting on 10 May 1964 may have all tendered their apologies if they had any inkling as to where this meeting would lead.
“And the difficulties and traumas which would be encountered for this was the day that a momentous decision was made to try running a machinery field days.”
From its humble beginnings in 1964 with roughly 20 exhibitors, the Dowerin Field Days has grown to become WA’s largest agricultural expo.
The non-profit community owned organisation employs three staff, and for the last decade it has been an all-female team.
Visitor numbers have grown in excess of 25,000 with 770 exhibitors attending.
Approximately $3millon a year goes back into local businesses and the community due to the influx of people who flock to the town of Dowerin for the event.
Between 2006 and 2019 the organisation injected $1.7 million into the local and surrounding communities through grants and volunteer hours.
The 300 plus volunteers involved in the event work for $20 an hour, with the money going towards an incorporated organisation of their choice in the community.
Not only does this assist in encouraging volunteer participation it assists in ensuring the ownership of the event and keeps the community involved.
It’s no surprise that a dedicated team of volunteers are still at the heart of it all.
In 2019 $80,000 was paid out in voluntary hours alone.
For the first time in its history the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery field days will not go ahead for 2020 due to the Coronavirus Covid19 Pandemic.
Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field days chairperson Nadine McMorran says, “This is certainly unknown territory for a lot of us as this is the first time in our 56 years history that we have had to deal with this.
“But I ask that we all rally around and support each other, we have a wonderful community with a can do attitude.”
“Our local businesses certainly need our support this year and beyond as they navigate through this.”
Despite the current climate the Dowerin Field days team are looking at the silver lining, “We are certainly looking forward into the future, this is the next chapter in our history and our community.
“We are incredibly proud of what this Field Days has achieved in the past 56 years and it is still an exciting prospect on what we can achieve for the next 50-plus,” Nadine believes.
Field Days across Australia have been widely known to unite the industry and provide an opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest.
Dowerin is no different, they have expanded their exhibitor base to not only target machinery dealerships but create a platform for everyone involved in the whole supply chain to be involved.
“We are all systems go for 25th and 26th of August 2021, and look forward to hosting another successful event,” Nadine said.
Make the 2021 Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days a sell-out.
Book your site now for 2021, contact the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days office on tel: 08 9631 1021 fax: 08 9631 1115, or send an email: email@example.com or log onto the website for 2021 event details www.dowerinfielddays.com.au