And along with that news, it dashes hope of many cancelled Field Day from 2020 that were expecting to recover their losses in 2021.
The irony is that the Wimmera Machinery Field days (WFMD) was the very last event on the Field days calendar to be held, when it opened for business on the 3 to 5 March 2020.
Following the Sungold Field Days held in February 2020 and the WFMD event held in early March 2020, no other major Field day was held anywhere across the country, due to the COVID-19 pandemic taking control.
Organisers from the first event held each year on the Field days calendar, the Sungold Field Days held at Allansford VIC announced in early August that their event would not be held for 2021.
It will be a devastating blow to the many local communities that rely on Field days bringing extra income into their region if Field Days held later in the 2021 are to be axed as well.
The reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic taking control of the destiny to local businesses and Field Days committees has been varied across the country.
The Field Days committee that showed the most foresight into what the future held was the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days (Dowerin MFD).
While the event was scheduled for the 25 and 26 August, the committee had seen enough of the effects from COVID-19 by early April, and that’s when they decided to cancel their 2020 event.
The community spirit behind the Dowerin MFD is very strong.
The event is held to raise funds for local facilities and has contributed to construct a dam in order to water the town’s sports ovals and tennis courts.
The Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days has grown to become WA’s largest agricultural expo. Visitor numbers have grown in excess of 25,000 with 770 exhibitors attending.
Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field days chairperson Nadine McMorran says, “We are all systems go for 25th and 26th of August 2021, and look forward to hosting another successful event.”
Exhibitors that require a prospectus or any further information, do not hesitate to contact the Dowerin Events Management. Call on tel: 08 9631 1021, fax: 08 9631 1115 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website at: https://www.dowerinfielddays.com.au/dowerin-field-days/
The same sentiment has been shown by the Henty Machinery Field Days (Henty MFD) committee.
The Henty MFD was set for a boomer 22 to 24 September 2020 event with over $120 million worth of machinery and goods on-site, it was to be the 57th consecutive year since its inception in 1963.
But by late June the committee announced it had become apparent the field days would not be able to go ahead in 2020.
The cancellation of Henty MFD for 2020 saw the loss of exhibitors representing more than 3500 companies that could not display their products over 1200 sites showcasing over $120 million worth of machinery and merchandise.
And the blow to the local community was enormous, with an economic value of more than $92 million lost by local businesses and the community.
The Henty MFD committee is working to provide a safe and healthy environment for their event to be held from 21 to 23 September 2021.
And while big events such as the Dowerin MFD and Henty MFD have the scale to cope with a disruption for one year, its small events such as Agrotrend in Bundaberg that cling to the prospect of holding a 2021 event.
Agrotrend Bundaberg is your typical community event run by the Rotary Club of Bundaberg.
The event enables the local Rotary club to pursue many worthwhile causes in the community.
The Bundaberg productive region is a primary economic driver of the agriculture and horticulture hubs of Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin. Making Agrotrend Bundaberg the ideal location for a field day event.
Agrotrend was schedule to receive 13,000 visitors for their 8 and 9th May 2020, until the event was cancelled.
The committee has now geared up for two days of the latest farming technologies and lifestyle focussed activities for the whole family to enjoy in 2021.
The Agrotrend 2021 event will be held from Friday 30 April until Saturday 1 May 2021.
Exhibitor applications are now open.
Contact Event Manager Ainsley Gatley on mobile: 0488 197 400, email: email@example.com or see the website at: http://www.agrotrend.com.au/