Twelve community organisations and the people they serve, from Maitland to Newcastle and Vacy to the Lower Hunter, will benefit from this year’s Tocal Field Days.
At a recent morning tea at Tocal College, event organisers handed out $35,000 in grants from the proceeds from the three-day extravaganza conducted from 30 April to 2 May.
The 2021 recipients included Maitland Rugby Club, Hunter Region Scouts, Maitland Legacy, Maitland Rotary Club, Newcastle Men’s Shed, Maitland Men’s Shed, Maitland Community Care, Vacy Public School, East Maitland Kiwanis Club, East Maitland Rotary Club, Hunter Valley Slow Food and Tocal Homestead.
Manager Wendy Franklin said Tocal Field Days always gave back to the many community groups who offered such valuable support both in the lead-up and during the event.
“We couldn’t put on the event without the assistance of the great people in these organisations who help us with set up, parking and exhibit area management,” she explained.
“We run a tight ship when staging the event so we can give back as much as possible to the community.
“Tocal Field Days gives people a great day out, puts farming on show and it also supports local organisations that often struggle for vital funds.”
A record 28,539 people attended the event at the Tocal Agricultural College, Paterson.
COVID-19 restrictions meant the 2020 edition had to be postponed.
“It was the best field days in the 12 years I’ve been managing the event,” Ms Franklin said.
“Unfortunately, it was my last in the role.”
Recruitment is now underway for her replacement.
The next Tocal Field Days is set for 29 and 30 April and 1 May.
2021 Tocal Field Days grant recipients
- Maitland Rugby Club
- Hunter Region Scouts
- Maitland Legacy
- Maitland Rotary Club
- Newcastle Men’s Shed
- Maitland Men’s Shed
- Maitland Community Care
- Vacy Public School
- East Maitland Kiwanis Club
- East Maitland Rotary Club
- Hunter Valley Slow Food
- Tocal Homestead