Mudgee Small Farm Field Days celebrates 40th anniversary

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Forty years on: This year's field days, held on July 14 and 15, will provide a wealth of information, entertainment, food and fashion..

Forty years on: This year's field days, held on July 14 and 15, will provide a wealth of information, entertainment, food and fashion..

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THE Mudgee Small Farm Field Days celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“The event has long been renowned as the premier field days in the Central West,” Australian Rural Education Centre general manager and field days organiser Cassandra Stanford said.

The vision of innovation and sustainability has evolved over 40 years and is now as relevant as ever.

“We’ve got new talks to add to the horticulture tent, including worm farming, olives and dry tolerant gardening, as well as more nurseries to purchase something to take home,” Cassandra said.

There are more demonstrations in the livestock area, lots of sheep and cattle breeds, multiple milking demonstrations, talks from the Local Land Services, equine demonstrations with industry professionals, equine dentistry, and even a trick pony.

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Mudgee Youth in Agriculture will be helping kids to plant their own seeds, take a photo with a lamb, try their hand at Akubra throwing or compete in the Young Farmers Challenge. The Animal Nursery is in a new location but will still have the wide range of animals we all love. Take the kids on a Discovery Stamp Hunt, you might even see George the Farmer at the Scarecrow Building Competition!

The Festival of Yesteryear activities will include whip making, chainsaw carving, tractor pull, antique machinery and the Mudgee Historical Society.

There’s ideas for sustainable living, such as Straw Bale Building talks, composting, solar solutions and creating prosperous environments for our native bees.

This year there is a Boutique Alley in the Founders Pavilion that will have all your homeware, clothing and accessory desires.

And, of course, you can listen to some live music, eat some delicious food and sample local Mudgee wine.