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Riverland Field Days
Special day for Riverland
area for school performances, a
Kids Corner for young children
with drawing, face painting, and
balloon shaping; and a Field Day
Safari where the kids can go
from site to site with a bag,
collecting giveaways," he said.
An agricultural art competition
will feature fashion products
made from farm materials, while
celebrity chef Marion Grasby
from Marion's Kitchen will be
on hand to teach aspiring cooks
a thing or two.
Mr Grieger says applications for
exhibits can be made online right
up until the day before the event,
provided enough sites remain.
"Any person having products
to promote and market are
welcome to participate, be it
general business in home and
garden, homewares, lifestyle-type
products, leisure, caravan and
camping, healthcare, banking,
finance, technology, or
communications," he said
The Riverland Field Days will
be held at a purpose-built site
just out of Barmera, with gates
open to the general public from
9am to 5pm.
Admission will cost $12 for
adults, while children can get in
free. Tickets can be pre-
purchased for $10 at the
Riverland Visitor Information
Centres up until close of business
on Tuesday, September 18.
Riverland Field Days secretary Tim Grieger says the Tech Hub will feature
the latest in information technology.
To feature specific interest
More kid-friendly attractions
Exhibitor applications open
By MAX OPRAY
THE 55th edition of the
Riverland Field Days will
kick-off on September 19
and organisers expect it to be as
big as ever.
Field Days secretary Tim
Grieger says the two-day
program will feature about 400
to 450 exhibitors, and exciting
"In addition to general exhibits
in farming, we're going to have
specific interest areas such as the
Irrigation Avenue, which will
have irrigation companies
presenting the latest in control
and distribution systems," Mr
"The Tech Hub will be
another interesting one. Telstra
has a special display, and there
will be other companies showing
off the latest in information
Mr Grieger says there will be
plenty of activities to keep the
kids engaged this year.
"We'll have a sound shell stage
Economy gets cash injection
FOR Sam Barker of GBC Motors, the
Riverland Field Days means much
more than promoting his tractor
"We do it more for the towns,
which have been through some
really hard times," Mr Barker said.
"If companies start pulling out of
field days, the events will stop
happening, which would be just
another loss for the town.
"I've seen enough shops close in
the last few years, so this event is a
cash injection to the Riverland, for
not only shops but hotel
accommodation -- we use ten
rooms alone, and we're only one
exhibitor, there's another few
hundred who all have to stay
"These towns have supported us
as a company and family for many
years, so we want to put something
Started in 1958 by Sam's
grandparents Merv and Margaret
Barker, GBC Motors has been a
highlight of the field days in recent
times, taking out the Best
Machinery Site award for 12 of the
last 13 years.
Mr Barker expects the company's
exhibit to continue to impress this
"We hope to be exhibiting the
Bianchi Orchard System, an
American-built almond and pecan
harvesting machine," he said.
"I say 'hope' as it might not make
"We will also have the New
Holland Braud grape harvester, a
self-propelled machine, that will be
the first one in the country."
Pellenc Australia managing director Louise Fraser, pictured with
technical director Frank O'Riley, says the selective process harvester
will be a cornerstone exhibit.
More about creating leads
GRAPE harvester vendor Pellenc
Australia does not exhibit at many field
days of late, but the company makes a
special exception for the Riverland
Managing director Louise Fraser says
that with the high cost of exhibiting,
she has become more selective about
the events to attend in recent years.
"Our grape harvester machines are
quite big and costly to shift around,
and we need to have people on board
to explain," she said.
"We usually get a big semi to bring
them up, and you need a good result
when you put that kind of money into
it."Louise says Riverland Field Days is
well worth the investment.
"It's one of the better ones as it's not
just Riverland locals who attend. It
draws in people from all over the place
-- McLaren Vale, Victoria and so on."
The cornerstone of Pellenc's exhibit
this year will be the selective process
harvester, which features an on-board
"It has an on-board de-stemmer and
sorting table, so you can basically go
straight from the harvester to the
ferment press," she said.
In addition to grape harvesters,
Pellenc sells professional electronic
tools, including chainsaws, secateurs
and hedge trimmers, and is also
branching into winery equipment.
"We don't generally get sales out of
it, the event is more about creating
leads," she said.
"We might sell the odd small tool,
but it's mainly about building the
profile of the company, and long-term
results, hopefully, out of that."
THIS year, Bushman Tanks will not
just be exhibiting rainwater tanks
at the Riverland Field Days.
Sales representative Graham
Baxter says the company will be
showing-off dog kennels, pump
covers, and a range of accessories.
"Another big part of it is we have
water crews on hand for people to
have a chat with," he said.
"We'll also be addressing any
problems or questions they have,
whether it's about maintenance, or
replacing an existing tank."
Mr Baxter says that although
there will be specials on the day,
the main objective of exhibiting is
creating a repeat business, not
"It's always better for the
customer to see what we offer in
person. They can touch the product,
give it a little kick," he said.
Bushman Tanks sales representative Graham Baxter says there is
nothing like taking a look at products first-hand.
GBC Motors' Sam Barker participates just so he can "do more for the
MEA head of business development
Tanya Liddell, pictured with
business development manager
Brett Hoben, says the company's
new Plexus wireless networking
system will be a highlight this year.
Feedback helps research
FOR South Australian oil moisture
and climate monitoring system
provider Measurement Engineering
Australia, the Riverland Field Days is
not just a chance to exhibit their
wares -- they also use the event to
generate ideas for the future.
MEA head of business development
Tanya Liddell says the field days are
a perfect opportunity to find out what
"MEA speaks directly to the growers
and finds out what their current
requirements are and what is on their
wish list for the future," she said.
"This assists us in designing new
products in R&D."
At this year's event, the company
will be featuring the new Plexus
system it launched at the Australian
Irrigation Conference in Adelaide in
Ms Liddell describes the system as
a a networking wireless, bouncing
from one station to the next until it
reaches the hub -- the point at which
the data is needed.
"This self-healing networking
means that its operation is
independent of terrain and
obstacles," she said.
"Plexus measures soil moisture
using either gypsum block or
capacitance probes. By 2013 (the
system) will also be used with MEA's
Plant Water Stress sensor which is
used to measure water stress in
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