Tocal Field Days are back for 2021

Millie McDonald is all smiles during a previous Tocal Field Days.
Millie McDonald is all smiles during a previous Tocal Field Days.

After COVID 19 forced its cancellation last year the Tocal Field Days is back for 2021.

Event manager Wendy Franklin said the return of the popular event was great news for farmers and the community.

She said farmers and farm suppliers had the chance to get together, share ideas, and to buy from each other.

"Tocal also connects farmers and community, educating people about the importance of agriculture and where food comes from," she said.

"After the drought and then COVID-19, it is time to celebrate and have some fun - in a COVID safe way of course."

The 2019 field days attracted more than 23,000 people with local community groups benefiting from a share of $40,000 in grants issued from the event's proceeds.

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Ms Franklin said all the favourite Tocal activities will be back for 2021 including the piglet races, fencing demonstrations, sheep shearing, horse course display, the working dogs, motorbikes, quads and side-by-sides.

There will be food, wine, art and craft displays, fashion parades, gardening talks, cooking demonstrations and cooking workshops for kids and adults.

The homestead will be open and is the location for the gum boot throwing competition. Live entertainment will be provided by local school students who are paid through the Talent @ Tocal program.

This year there will be robotics and drone demonstrations as part of a special feature on future farming.

"We are continuing our focus on bees and bee-keeping, which proved so popular last event," Ms Franklin said.

"Tocal Field days will be a COVID safe event with check in and social distancing required."

Free Tocal Field Day branded facemasks will be at the gate.

The three-day event will be held at Tocal Agricultural Centre from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2.

Tickets are now on sale at tocalfielddays.com or they can be bought at the gate.

Daily tickets are $18 for adults, $2 for kids aged five to 16.

Children under five have free entry.

A Comeback Pass to re-enter the following day is $12. Friday is Seniors Day with $15 entry for seniors with government issued ID.

Every online ticket purchase provides an entry to win a scenic joy flight at the event. Visitors can go in the draw to win a $5,000 Murray River cruise with entry forms at several locations throughout the event.

"Once you have bought a ticket, many activities and competitions are free, making it an affordable day out for the family," Ms Franklin said.

A free park and ride shuttle bus from Maitland Railway Station via Lorn will run every hour to make it easy for people to get to the event.

For those people that really like to make an entrance they can prebook and pay for a scenic helicopter flight from Lorn to the visitor gate.

For information visit tocalfielddays.com or phone 4939 8820.

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