South East farmers have a field day at Lucindale

FIELD DAYS FUN: Lily and Annie Vowles pick their favourite scarecrow among the entries in this year’s Elders scarecrow competition. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

MORE than 21,000 people flocked to Lucindale’s Yakka Park at the weekend for the 40th annual South East Field Days.

What began 40 years ago at the Lucindale Football Oval with only a small selection of displays has expanded to cover 20 hectares at the Yakka Park site with over 600 exhibitors.

Attracting thousands of South Australians and interstate visitors each year, South East Field Days committee secretary Lyn Crosby said 10,000 people flowed through the gates on Friday alone.

“We had around 21,000 people through over the two days, which is around the same number as last year,” Ms Crosby said.

“We had 10,000 through on Friday and 11,000 through the gates on Saturday – if it wasn’t for the fire ban and windy weather on Saturday we expect we would have had more.”

This year’s program boasted stunt shows by the Can Am Team, the Aussie FMX show, retro fashion parades, the South Australian Police Dixie Band, laser tag and Old McDonald’s Animal Nursery, among hundreds of interactive displays and demonstrations.

The best overall exhibit was awarded to the Landmark team, the best single exhibit trophy was presented to Regional Profile Cutters and the best indoor exhibit award was won by the Robe Town Brewery.

The best agricultural, machinery or stock handling exhibit trophy was awarded to Peak Hill Industries.

Field Days committee chairman Neil Watts said the group behind the event endeavoured to find new family-friendly entertainment each year.

“The Lucindale Lions Club members and their partners work tirelessly and voluntarily throughout the year to maintain our amazing grounds and infrastructure and help to keep the show on the road,” Mr Watts said.

“Thanks to the South East Field Days committee for their support and guidance over the past two years and thank you to all exhibitors for the continued support.”

INTERACTIVE DISPLAY: Scott Goodall with Carlton Draught clydesdales Patrick and Hamish at the South East Field Days. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON
MASSIVE VENUE: Thousands flowed through the gates at Yakka Park at the weekend for the annual South East Field Days. The 45 hectare park boasted hundreds of agricultural and lifestyle displays. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON