Dowerin field days celebrates 50 years

Rebecca TurnerCountryman
Dowerin field days chairman Ashley Jones.
Camera IconDowerin field days chairman Ashley Jones. Credit: Countryman

Record exhibitor numbers combined with an encouraging start to the season are expected to have a positive impact on festivities at this year's 50th Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days on August 27-28.

It is anticipated that exhibitor numbers could soar beyond 650 this year, an increase of nearly 10 per cent on last year's record.

Dowerin Events Management chairman Ashley Jones said in recent years, the field days had increased the number of sites it had available by introducing new pavilions and small machinery blocks, allowing for more exhibitors to be part of the event.

"We have been overwhelmed by the number of applications received this year and are thrilled there will be record numbers for our 50th anniversary," Mr Jones said. "The number of new exhibitors is very encouraging and will result in a more diverse and exciting event for 2014."

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DEM has several new developments in store for the anniversary, including site upgrades, exciting entertainment and historical displays.

"In celebration of the 50th anniversary, a new entry statement is under construction off Memorial Avenue, and will act as a lasting reminder of this momentous occasion," Mr Jones said.

"We have also been upgrading the mall area, near the main food court, and building a new ablution block in the centre of the field days site."

Visitors to the 50th event can expect to be thoroughly entertained with live performances from local musicians, machinery demonstrations, fashion and Act-Belong-Commit Ag Art Wear parades, cooking demonstrations and sheepdog trials.

"The Sounds of the Wheatbelt CD, featuring a range of Wheatbelt artists, will also be launched at this year's Dowerin field days," Mr Jones said.

In celebration of the 50th event, there will be displays of historic memorabilia and photos, with a commemorative anniversary photobook and CD for sale during the two-day event.

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