Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will come alive at Kings Park Reserve, once again returning to an April date after last year’s success.
The event will run in April again, from Friday, April 1 to Sunday April 3, after organisers received great feedback from exhibitors, attendees and vendors when the date was changed from February to April.
“For the first 29 years it ran, the event was traditionally held during the third week of February,” McPherson Media Group event manager Jamie Gilbert said.
“Last year we trialled running it in April to coincide with school holidays and a cooler time of the year. The support for the change of date was very positive, so it’s full steam ahead for an April event again for 2022.”
The expo has a long and rich history in the region, showcasing current and future farming practices for small and medium farm enterprises.
The event has also proved to be a popular social day out for people of all ages and provides a welcome $6 million injection into the local economy annually.
Mr Gilbert said many familiar faces would be back as well as some new and exciting exhibitors.
The popular learning hub returns, hosting an array of expert presenters talking about topics including drones in agriculture, off-grid solar systems and energy independence, how microbes can help farms and gardens, and training workshops with Paul Macphail from Beloka Kelpies, who will also run working dog demonstrations on the main oval.
Once again there will be classic cars on display, pavilions for arts and crafts and livestock, while for foodies, the country kitchen and butcher shop with cooking and meat preparation demonstrations.
Wood-chopping demonstrations will feature on Saturday with competitions all day Sunday, and anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at whip-cracking can watch the best of the best at the state championships on Saturday and then head along to the come-and-try sessions on Sunday.
“We’re pleased to again have the support of the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society, who will be running their lecture series, providing presentations full of practical information on general farming and agriculture,” Mr Gilbert said.
“There will also be plenty of activities for families including the kids’ corner, Bunnings’ activity tent and children’s rides.
“It really is three fun-filled and informative days with something for everyone.”
Mr Gilbert said all measures would be taken to run the event in a COVID-19-safe environment and he thanked Mitchell Shire Council, Seymour Football Netball Club and Kings Park Committee of Management for their ongoing support and co-operation.
More information and tickets are available at seymourexpo.com.au.