What is Small Farm Field Days?

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With a growing number of rural plots of land established and sold around the Mudgee Region, Mudgee Small Farm Field Days was created to educate new farmers and landholders. The event’s focus is to promote innovation and sustainability within the agricultural and rural industries, but over the years it has evolved into much more. What once was an event of 13 exhibits and 600 attendees, has expanded into over 400 exhibits that attract approximately 20,000 visitors to the heart of the Mudgee Region each year.

While education remains at the event’s core, Mudgee Small Farm Field Days has grown into a fun day out for families, agricultural enthusiasts, local businesses and outdoor lovers. Whether you’re interested in the latest sustainable agricultural machinery, lifestyle and homeware items or a dose of light-hearted family fun, you’ll find it among the extensive range of stalls, talks, and exhibitions that span over five kilometres across the event.

What’s on at Small Farm Field Days

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The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days offer a wide range of attractions and activities for all ages. Discover some of the event’s highlights below.

New for 2024

Mudgee Small Farm Field Days continues to evolve and this year, the lineup looks even more enticing. Get ready to laugh and gasp your way through ‘The Outback Stockman Show”, a hilarious display of outback living. The show will be performed by the legendary outback stockman Lachie Cosser, all the way from the Australian Stockman Hall of Fame in Longreach.

If you’re visiting on Saturday, be sure to check out another 2024 newcomer: the high-energy woodchopping and sawing competition, where some of the best axemen and women in Australia will go head to head.

Family favourites

From a straw bale maze to scarecrow building, face painting and dog training, there’s certainly no shortage of family-friendly exhibits, talks and shows at Mudgee Small Farm Field Days. Make a beeline for the all-time favourite animal nursery where you can say hello and pat adorable farmyard animals, including sheep, cattle, goats and alpacas. For a more hair-raising encounter, check out the reptile display, where you’ll get a closer look at some of Australia’s most deadly critters and how to stay safe around them.

Interactive talks

Ready to get hands-on? Learn a new skill at one of the many interactive classes held over the weekend. From sausage making and brisket trimming to fishing for rainbow trout and rolling your own oats. If there’s ever a time to bring out the foodie fanatic within yourself, it’s now.

Educational talks

The menu of free educational agricultural talks, demonstrations and exhibits is ever-growing. Feast your eyes on the latest sustainable technologies and tractors, hear from the best horticulture experts and visit the ‘Festival of Yesteryear’, to marvel at antique machinery and agricultural methods from days of yore.

Food and drink

When you’re not absorbed in a food masterclass, treat your tastebuds to the broad selection of delicious globally-inspired eats, coffee and homemade treats. Make your money matter by picking up a bite to eat from a community group; try Devonshire Tea from the CWA, a cheese toastie from Hargraves Progress Association or a steak sandwich from Can Assist. When you’re ready to take a seat, find a spot next to the centre stage and sway to live music while you eat.

Giving back to the community

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The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days organisation is a not-for-profit, registered charity that serves as a major fundraiser for many local community groups. “The Field Days is the largest annual event in the Mudgee Region”, says General Manager Cassandra Stanford. “The event generates approximately $5.5 million for the local economy each year through exhibitors and attendees visiting the area”, Cassandra adds.

Plan your trip

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Find out everything you need to know about this year’s event on the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days website. If you’re staying the weekend in the Mudgee Region, discover the region’s broad range of charming accommodation options, places to eat in and around town and things to do.