Countdown to Agfair
Saturday, 31st March, 2012
By Paula Doran
With just five weeks until the State’s biggest outback field day, the countdown to Agfair has begun.
It’s been a bumper season on the land around Broken Hill, so no doubt this year’s Agfair, the 12th biennial event of its kind in the Silver City, will reflect the rising fortunes of the Far West when it opens on May 4.
For two days an estimated 8000-plus visitors to the racecourse will feast on pastoral information, including a guest appearance from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), craft, clothing and gourmet advice from star chef, Tobie Puttock, as well as a raft of other attractions.
While the MLA will provide a red meat industry presentation and red meat cutting demonstration, no doubt Puttock, the former stablemate of Jamie Oliver, will provide the gourmands with the flourish to create kitchen magic.
For those with a penchant for the light and fluffy, the soft and cuddly critters at the School of the Air animal nursery are always a hit.
And for those with a bent towards adventure, there’ll be helicopter rides as well as the ever popular Australis Racing Car Simulator - just to prove you don’t need your own wheels to be a racing hero in your own mind!
There’ll be full range of tools on offer too, so make sure you’ve got a budget for some handy spending.
If it’s reptiles that float your boat, pencil in a visit to the Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia (RADOA) - originally formed to combat the poor public ratings held for snakes and other reptiles, now drawing crowds around the country.
Agfair Secretary Erica Malloch and a band of dedicated volunteers have been working for months in the build up to Agfair 2012, and Ms Malloch says the interest from those wanting to be part of it has been excellent.
There’s a strong showing of livestock and stud exhibitors with stud farms from around the country flocking to be part of the BH event. Six additional studs will be showing their best in addition to those who have come previously.
But if rams aren’t your thing, there will be stalls and exhibitors to keep the whole family happy, according to Ms Malloch.
And while the human team are busy in the build-up, spare a thought for a cast of four legged ‘volunteers’ - a flock of baby goats who have taken up residence at the racecourse to keep the grass down and add their intensive lawn mowing skills pre-May 4 and 5.
For the budding, or flourishing photographers, there will be a moment to shine at this year’s Agfair. The committee would love to present your photos as the backdrop to the action in the Woolshed. The photos will be part of a collage reflecting life on the land, from dust storms and drought to delightful mud-producing rain.
If you’ve got an image you think celebrates the unique life on the land in far west NSW, drop it into the Agfair office in Argent Street to be part of the fun.
And to keep up with all the developments, as well as exhibition times and general information, go online to the official website www.agfairbrokenhill.com.au/ or follow the updates on facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Agfair-Broken-Hill/290459810975600