Despite poor weather and 38mm of rain on the Thursday of the
event, the 2014 Southern Field Days were a ''huge, huge
success'', a field days spokesperson says.
During the three-day event, 38,500 people passed through the
gates, and 42,000 cars crossed the counters to see the 805
exhibitors, food stands, competitions and entertainment which
were a part of the show.
Southern Field Days chairman Mark Dillon said feedback from
exhibitors and the public had been positive, and it had been
great to see more people at the event during the rain on the
second day than the first, which had better weather.
''A lot of the public think it was great. Lots of feedback on
the Facebook page was positive.''
Exhibitors at the event were happy, with ''really good''
sales, and any feedback, good or bad, was helpful, as the
committee could learn from it, he said.
The new Cow House Construction Agri-Centre, being used for
the first time, had showed its worth during the rain.
''It was really good to see the agri-centre going, that has
been a lot of work to get that going,'' Mr Dillon said.
The general atmosphere of the event had been happier and more
laid back than the previous event, likely a result of a
better farming economy and less pressure on farmers, he said.
There was some disappointment, however.
Mr Dillon said there were difficulties with the mobile phone
network, which had been a ''major pain'' during the event.
Telecom had said it would get the situation fixed for the
next field days.
Over the next week, the committee would hold meetings with a
number of different groups involved with the field days,
while it was still fresh in their minds, in order to discuss
the event and see if anything could be improved in the
- by Leith Huffadine