Small Farms Field Day co-ordinator Rhonda Sorensen gets a hug from 2012 Celebrity Goat Milking Competition champion Bob Katter.THE inaugural Malanda Small Farms Field Day held on Saturday smashed the expectations of the organising committee, with more than 80 exhibitors promoting their wares and about 1300 visitors through the gate.
“I’m stoked with the number of sites that were taken by exhibitors, as well as the number of people who came to have a look,” said Small Farms Field Day co-ordinator Rhonda Sorensen.
“We had more than 100 sites featuring more than 80 exhibitors, and crowd numbers were much higher than we anticipated.
“From all accounts, the exhibitors all received a lot of interest in their displays and made quite a few sales on the day as well.
“It just goes to show that if you set something up that people want, they will come.
“There was so much interest in the talks, displays and workshop sessions that we had to create a new Sustainability Tent Talk area.”
Rhonda said there was definitely room to build on the foundation created this year.
“Our aim was to keep things small and simple for the first event so we could build and refine how the day runs in the future.”
Various talks and demonstrations were held over the course of the day as well, with topics varying from small farm design and construction and compost making to fencing for beginners and emotional preparedness for the wet season.
One of the highlights of the day for the crowd was the Celebrity Goat Milking Competition, which saw several local political figures and other well-known local identities trying to out-milk each other to victory.
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