THE return of the Berry Small Farm Field Day has been hailed a huge success.
Staged by the Rotary Club of Berry-Gerringong and supported by the Southern Rivers Catchment Manage-ment Authority, the event was resurrected at the Berry Showground after a five-year break.
Event organiser Paul Anderson said good crowds attended the event despite strong westerly winds on Saturday.
“Surprisingly our crowds were bigger on Saturday, despite the weather, than on Sunday,” he said.
Mr Anderson said the event attracted more people than expected, as well as more exhibitors.
“We were budgeting for around 1500 people visiting the event over the weekend; we ended up with almost 2000,” he said.
“We had 90 exhibitors, which was also up on what we anticipated, so overall it was a great weekend.
“I think it was a great success and would like to see it turn into an annual event.
“But that’s something the club as a whole will have to decide on.”
The field day featured the latest farming equipment, machinery and supplies, while completing the family friendly theme, there were even fashion parades, jewellery, entertainment and demonstrations.
And there is certainly a market for such an event, especially here in the Shoalhaven as the closest similar events are Hawkesbury to the north, Mudgee to the west and Murrumbateman near Canberra to the south.
Mr Anderson hoped the Small Farm Field Day could be one of the three major events the Rotary Club of Berry-Gerringong stages each year.
“It would be great to see the field days in there alongside our New Year’s Eve fireworks display and the Celtic Festival to provide us with funds that we can put back into our local community projects, which is what we as a club is all about,” he said.
• Photos from the weekend will appear in Monday’s Northern Extra in the South Coast Register.