2016 Murrumbateman Field Days to showcase the best of the region

Line marking is finished and marquees are going up for the 38th Murrumbateman Field Days with around 20,000 people expected to descend on the small village of Murrumbateman this weekend.

There’ll be around 500 exhibitors this year - both antique and modern farm machinery, shearing and damper cooking. Of course there will be music, helicopter rides, horses (including the beautiful Wooback heavies) in the Sand Arena, alpacas, cattle, sheep, poultry, sheep dogs, fish and of course, everything you never wanted to know (but need to) about snakes! For the children, there’ll be the Children’s Farmyard and rides, as well as entertainment on the Village Green stage.

New this year will be ride-on lawnmower races on Saturday, the Yamaha ATV obstacle course and on the oval, bubble soccer and sumo wrestling. For those interested in sustainable living there will also be the inaugural Goldwind Sustainability Trail.

On sale will be everything from water tanks, mowers, tractors, tools and clothing to the best in food and wine as the Spotlight on the Region marquee celebrates its 10th birthday. Join us for this year’s Murrumbateman Field Days – it’s a country experience for the whole family.

WHEN: Saturday 15 October 8am – 5pm; Sunday 16 October 8am – 4pm

WHERE: Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, Barton Highway, Murrumbateman

What’s new: 

• While about 100 people, 300 sheep and 150 dogs were present at Australia’s first mower race in Harrietville Victoria in 1988, it’s expected that thousands will be present for the first Australian Ride On Lawn Mower Racing Association (AROLMRA) races to be held in Murrumbateman this year.

• With visitors showing increasing interest in exhibitors with an ecological and sustainable living focus, this year, Murrumbateman Field Days is partnering with Goldwind Australia in launching the inaugural Goldwind Sustainability Trail. Twenty exhibitors are taking part in the Sustainability Trail offering everything from alternative energy to sustainable products and building.

• Coming into summer, everything you never wanted to know (but need to) about snakes and what to look out for, a must in the country.

• Animal exhibitor sites include alpacas, llamas, cattle, sheep, poultry, dogs and fish.

• This year horse displays will again be at the Sand Arena, come and see them along with the Wooback Yass Heritage Working Horse Association’s gentle giants.

• For the children we’ll have Entertainment Central where they can try their hands at Bubble Soccer and Sumo Wrestling. There’ll also be the children’s farmyard, rides and much more.

• On sale will be everything from water tanks, to mowers, tractors, tools, clothing to the best in food and wine. Drop into the Spotlight on the Region marquee and wish them a Happy 10th Birthday!

• Don’t forget to see the artworks at the Pastel Painters’ art exhibition in the Recreation Grounds Hall.

• For entertainment, musicians, drummers, singers and more will be performing at the Village Green stage including the big band Twilight Jazz on Saturday. While on the Oval there’ll also be Hawkesbury Kelpie’s sheepdog demonstrations.

• Each year, around 1000 volunteers work closely with the small management team on all aspects of the event, from planning and management of the event, right down to parking, catering and clean-up.

• Murrumbateman Field Days supports local community groups, schools groups and sporting associations, by injecting almost $1million back into the local community over the past five years.