Exhibitors are gearing up for this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.
Close to 500 exhibitors will have displays at Kings Park, with 22000 visitors expected to attend the three-day event next month.
Event manager Susie Filleti said the expo would present the latest technology, practices and trends in small and backyard farming, offer plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with animals and enjoy the market-style shopping, food and entertainment.
She said there were also some must-see additions to this year’s entertainment line-up, including drone racing and working-dog demonstrations.
‘‘One of the innovative ideas we’ll be exploring is industrial hemp farming... the Hemp Building Company will be looking at how Australia’s housing crisis can be addressed using Hempcrete and demonstrate how it is used by building a doghouse during the event,’’ Ms Filleti said.
‘‘The Victorian Brumby Association will also host a talk about owning brumbies and capitalising on their versatility.’’
Crowd favourites Farmer Daryl and his band of animals, Reptile Awareness Displays and the AWPA Victorian Whipcracking and Bullock Whip Championships will be back this year.
The Country Kitchen and Butcher Shop are expected to be a highlight once again, and expo-goers can taste-test creations from Tooborac Hotel and Brewery, Bellarine Estate and Original Spirit Co.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the expo was the shire’s largest and most anticipated attraction, adding more than $6million annually to the area’s economy.
‘‘With plenty of new techniques being shown off each year, it is great to see so many people come together to understand new technologies, as farms and households embrace sustainable living and adapt to our unique environment,’’ he said.
The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be from February 15 to 17 at Kings Park in Seymour. For further information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent off the gate price, visit www.seymourexpo.com.au