Monday, 30 April 2018 08:40

Bumper field days

It was a bumper East Gippsland Field Days all round on Friday and Saturday – record exhibitors and a crowd boost on recent years – in what was an amazing celebration of community, business and family. Perfect conditions on both days was the icing on the cake for the Lindenow Lions Club-run event in its 32nd year. “We had high hopes we were in for a bumper couple of days after we headed into the event with our site fully booked. We did a lot more on social media this year in the lead up to our event and some really targeted advertising and I think that’s gone a long way towards attracting the 280 exhibitors, which is a record number for us,” event coordinator, Sue- Ellen Latham, said. “We had over 9000 people pass through our gate over the two days, which is a massive increase on numbers from previous years. We continued to see an increase in young families visiting and enjoyed seeing over 150 primary school students on the Friday. “Our online ticket sales increased dramatically, which eased pressure at the ticket gate and the volunteers on the gate managed really well keeping the traffic flowing through. “I don’t think a lot of people realise how many volunteers come together to make this event possible. Around 250 volunteers, all from Lindenow and district schools, clubs and community groups, come together to ensure the event runs smoothly.” Mrs Latham said the inaugural Equestrian Expo was really well supported, especially on Saturday. “Large crowds flocked to watch the range of demonstrations.

We were really happy with how this event panned out in its first year and look forward to working with our exhibitors and sponsors to hopefully grow this in to an annual event,” Mrs Latham said. Event chairman, Ron Alexander, was beaming with pride on Friday morning when speaking with the Advertiser as exhibitors got into full swing and patrons started rolling through the gates. “The depth and breadth of exhibitors is really impressive,” Mr Alexander said. “Such effort has been put into the displays by exhibitors in providing information for the community. “The 285 exhibitors are what make the event.” Mr Alexander said subtle changes were made to the field days every year. “It’s these subtle changes that keep the event interesting,” he said. “The equestrian expo, it’s not eventing, but rather information. It’s about bringing in different people, different stallholders,” Mr Alexander said. Mr Alexander said the field days didn’t have a theme this year, but that was one of the strengths of the event – not a focus on one particular industry, but a celebration of community, business and family. “We were only talking last night how it intrigues us how the event keeps growing,” he said. Mr Alexander echoed Mrs Latham’s comments about the importance of volunteers. “They do an amazing amount of work and are integral to the event’s success. Along with the exhibits and patrons, we thank the volunteers for their efforts,” he said.