Last week, thousands swapped their pliers for their wallets to attend the annual Henty Machinery Field Days in the Riverina. 1200 sites and over 800 exhibitors featured across a sprawling 105ha site showcasing the best farming equipment money can buy. But amongst the tractors and bargain workwear was something you cannot buy – the smiling faces at the National Party tent, for those in need of a chat, or in many cases, a balloon or two.
We were there in force with both the young and young at heart members of the Party. No Henty Field Days would be complete without David Muller (Henty Branch Secretary), whose presence at The Nationals tent has ensured for decades our ongoing involvement at the event. Lindsay Cutler (Albury Branch) and Vice Chairman of the NSW Nationals and Corowa branch member Grant McMillan were experts on the helium tank. Colin Wood (Henty Branch Chairman), Kel Harpley of the Gundagai Branch and Nicki McMillan (Corowa Branch) also dropped by to lend their support – thank you!
Michael McCormack, Member for Riverina was there, as was Niall Blair, our Minister for Primary Industries and Lands and Water. MLCs Rick Colless and wife Geraldine, Sarah Mitchell and Bronnie Taylor were on hand, providing information to passers-by on the latest from State Parliament.
The event is worth $92 million annually to the local economy, with 62 of that being spent by visitors to the region. Exhibitors have an eighty per cent return rate, so once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life. Chairman Ross Edwards believes the field day site could be used throughout the year for other events to draw in further revenue.
The gorgeous weather (for the most part!) off the back of a great season was definitely good cause for happy attendees, even if they left the site with fewer dollars than they came with. You can read more on the Henty Machinery Field Days here.