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Big crowd flocks to Tocal Field Days

Tocal Field Days was back, bigger than ever, with a record number of people attending the three-day event at the weekend.

More than 25,000 locals and visitors went through the gates all up, with in excess of 10,000 there on Sunday 2 May.

In 2019, 21,734 people attended the event.

Event manager Wendy Franklin said it was great to be back welcoming farmers, exhibitors and the community after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 extravaganza.

“The good weather seemed to encourage people,” she explained.

“And, they were able to use their NSW Government discovery vouchers.

“After drought and COVID-19, it was so good to see farmers getting together with each other and suppliers.

“There was such a great vibe – I would say it was the best Tocal Field Day in the 12 years I have been managing the event.”

Ms Franklin said the future farming robotics and drone demonstrations as well as the Tocal on Show demonstrations were extremely popular.

“People also loved the piglet races, sheep shearing, gum boot throwing, the working dogs, and quad bikes,” she added.

“The scenic helicopter rides never stopped – we had to bring in a second chopper.”

Unfortunately, the event was Ms Franklin’s last.

“We have a great Tocal Field Days team who take time out from their lives to work with us,” she said.

“They are an enthusiastic group and there is no weak link in the chain.

“I could not have done this event over the years and continued to improve it, without them.

“I also thank the staff and students from Tocal Agricultural College and all the wonderful sponsors, community groups and volunteers who make the field days possible.”

Local community groups will be awarded grants from the event’s proceeds in the coming months.

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