Archer Davey: a keen attender

Tiffany DaveyCountryman
Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days devotee Archer Davey, 10.
Camera IconDowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days devotee Archer Davey, 10. Credit: Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days

For one young chap who has attended every year since being born, the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days is — in his own words — “the event of the year”.

Roughly 25,000 people flock to Dowerin every year, injecting $3 million into the community and its surrounding districts over the past 10 years.

Archer, 10, said he looked forward to attending every year for the rest of his life, to not only support the event, but also the community.

He said he had managed to convince his parents to attend field days every year.

He works for his dad as a trapper, being paid 20c a mouse, $5 a fox and $10 a rat, in a bid to attend the event with full pockets.

“I get paid more for rats, because Dad’s scared of them,” he said.

“I make most of my money from foxes, but I have to really remember to set my traps the closer we get to field days.”

While he enjoys the social side of field days, with his mates attending every year, he loves looking at machinery displays.

“I enjoy looking at the old machinery. I like to see how everything used to run,” he said.

“I also like seeing the motorbikes.”

So what are Archer’s suggestions for the future of the event?

“I reckon the field days is going fine,” he said.

“When I’m 12, I hope to start dog trialling, so it would be good if that stayed around.

“I also want to keep trapping to help native species, so if trapping businesses keep coming to field days, then that will help me help Australia’s environment.”

Despite his love of field days, Archer never pre-plans his two days at the event.

He believes it is important to go with an open mind, but he is hoping there will be lollies for sale, even though he ate too many last year.

“I was pretty upset this year, because mum told me I had an orthodontics appointment,” he said.

“I thought I was going to miss out and would have to wait a whole year to come again, but she was only joking.”

Hopefully the Dowerin Field Days will continue to be one of the best events of the year — just as good as Christmas and cross country — for this young man from Konnongorring, who looks set to continue having two “sick days” from school every year to attend.

Countryman has partnered with the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days to celebrate the stories of the people who bring this event to life.

From humble beginnings, the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days has grown into one of WA’s biggest regional events, in part fostered by the support of the many volunteers, visitors and exhibitors who bring it to life. As part of a new series, Countryman is proud to bring its readers a snapshot of these stories, as compiled by assistant event co-ordinator Tiffany Davey.

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