Small farms. Big ideas.
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2020 event material.
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THIS YEAR'S FIELD DAY IS ON
Saturday 18th of April 2020
Gates open to the public 9am - close 4.00pm.
Balingup Sports Oval.
Adults $15. Children under 16 FREE when
accompanied by a parent. No concessions.
Free parking available in the paddocks either side
of SW Highway adjacent to the main entrance.
NO DOGS, BIKES or SMOKING at the event grounds.
Features of the 2020 event - information coming soon!
Click on the Event Program (available soon) for times and locations of the items below:
Information Sessions (at the The Black Stump - see program for times and location)
Growing your own delicious food at home
We are thrilled to welcome Steve Wood to the 2019 Balingup Small Farm Field Day!
Steve is an Australian horticultural talk back radio and gardening TV presenter, with more than 40 years' experience in wholesale nursery production. He has a special interest in showing people how easy it is to grow food at home. Steve Wood, together with Deryn Thorpe, hosts the award-winning podcast “All the Dirt” - combining decades of gardening, sustainability and environmental knowledge to create Australia's most popular gardening podcast.
Steve will be sharing his knowledge and passion on how to grow backyard vegetables, build great soil and grow mushrooms in your home garden.
Come along and meet Steve at the Black Stump and get ready to be inspired.
Click this link to learn more about Steve: https://www.allthedirt.com.au/
Demonstrations (in the Demo Tents - see program for times and locations)
* Learn how to make rich and wonderful compost for magical and mighty plant growth, with Bee Winfield
* Local Balingup Marron farmer John Guest will share his ideas and experience about growing marron.
* Tracy Lansdell is ready to share her idea's about Fermenting Foods, and will also make some Sauerkraut.
* Bronwen Blake will tell you all you need to know in her talks "Intro to Hemp and Hemp Products".
* If you're interested in keeping bees, join Myles Happ for his demonstration "Beekeeping Basics".
Demonstrations (at the Exhibitors stand or as shown on the map - see program)
Working sheep dog demonstrations will delight the crowds again, under the direction of Phil Barker and his dog Ringo, and Dave Lucy with his dog Lady.
See the hard work in action behind the essential farm work of sheep shearing, with Bridgetown local John Bignell.
Master your rose grafting skills with demonstrations and tips from Ruedi and Viv Etter.
Florio De Re of Donnybrook will spark your interest in the centuries-old craft of blacksmithing.
Learn about the art and craft of woodturning, with live demonstrations from David "Willy" Nelson.
Anthony Smith will share all things about waterwise technology, such as grey water recycling and technology available for your home.
Bushfire Safety information will be shared by the local Balingup Brigade.
St John Ambulance will give demonstrations on how to perform potentially life-saving CPR.
Entertainment (check your program for times and locations)
This year's program has a great variety of music on the main stage and in the Exhibition Hall.
Balingup Ukulele Troupe - local group.
Mary Myfanwy - a Bridgetown local, playing guitar and singing a mix of folk, blues, country and Irish music and her own compositions.
Latehorse. An emerging Australian artist hailing from the South West of Western Australia, Latehorse (Shane) is a solo folk/rock singer songwriter. With a distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics, he has a wide popularity in the live local music scene.
Bronia & John are a local Balingup couple who will delight you with their music.
Shale Duo are looking forward to entertaining Field Day visitors with their unique style.
Three fashion parades (10:00am, 12:00am and 2:00pm) showcasing a range of smart casual clothing from the Bunbury Felting Group. This local group makes their own garments using the natural products of merino and silk, alpaca and silk and silk fabrics. Each parade will fiinish with a showing of exquisite alpaca knit-wear and 100% cotton product from Jalbrook Alpaca Knitwear, Balingup.
Join Ron Evans, our vibrant Bush Poet, for some entertaining tales.
Kids' Kitchen - five sessons are available for your children to attend a workshop focusing on getting into the kitchen, using healthy and seasonally available produce! We have secured the services of Matt Spear, Head Chef from Nicola's Ristorante in Bunbury. See our "Latest News" for more details! Places are limited, so sign up first thing to avoid disappointment. Ideal for children aged 6-12, each child receives an apron as part of their take home package. Sessions at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm.
Climbing wall. The Scouts will again be in attendance with the climbing wall and safe but challenging activity for kids from 5 up. Fully supervised and free, challenge your kids and their friends to scramble up and ring the bell!
Felting Workshop. A fascinating look at transforming raw fleece into felt; get your hands dirty with the Bunbury Felting group, and take home a little piece of felt to craft and create.
Animal Rides and Old Macdonald's Children's Farm. Love a fluffy duckling, pony or bunny?
Or perhaps a rolling ride on a camel. All of these activities are available for your child to pet, cuddle and enjoy.
A number of awards with monetary prizes are made each year as an incentive for exhibitors to maintain a quality showing of their wares and innovative ideas. The following awards will be presented at 4:00pm:
• Best Market Stall
• Best Trade display
• Best Livestock exhibit
• Best Original WA-made Craft
• Best Horticulture and Garden Supplies stall Best Gourmet Food using local ingredients
• Most Effective Information Display
Farm to Table -
Sunday 18 April 2020
Information available soon.
Stall Holder Awards 2020
There are 5 Stall Holder Award categories. If you would like to nominate for one of the categories, please download the Awards Application 2020
BIG tip: to help organise your time at the field day head straight to the tent and book an available session.
Where to eat in Balingup?
There are a variety of meal options available on
Friday and Saturday night
for exhibitors and visitors to Balingup. read more