The return of the region’s largest agricultural show, Tocal Field Days (TFD), is great news for farmers and the community alike, according to event manager Wendy Franklin.
After COVID-19 forced its cancellation in 2020, TFD organisers are hoping to see another big crowd converge on the Tocal Agricultural Centre, Paterson, from Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May.
And, in a bonus for those considering attending, people can use their NSW Government Dine and Discover voucher towards entry.
The coupon, however, is only suitable for tickets purchased at the gate, not online.
Ms Franklin said TFD gives farmers and farm suppliers a chance to get together, share ideas and to buy from each other.
Local community groups will also benefit from grants issued from the event’s proceeds – a record $40,000 was given out in 2019.
“Tocal connects farmers and community, educating people about the importance of agriculture and where food comes from,” she said.
“After the drought and then COVID-19, it is time to celebrate and have some fun – in a COVIDSafe way of course.”
All the favourite Tocal Field Days’ activities are back including the piglet races, fencing demonstrations, sheep shearing, horse course display, the working dogs, motorbikes, gum boot throwing competition, quads and side-by-sides.
Then there’s food, wine, art and craft displays, fashion parades, gardening talks, cooking demonstrations and workshops for kids and adults.
Entertainment will be provided by local school students who are paid through the Talent @ Tocal program.
In 2021, robotics and drone demonstrations will also play a part in a special feature on future farming.
Daily tickets – $18 (adults) and $2 (kids aged five to 16) – are on sale at www.tocalfielddays.com or they can be bought at the gate.
Children under five are free.
A Comeback Pass to re-enter the following day is $12.