Expo dishes up the goods

By Country News

With flipping dogs and flying pigs, the 26th annual Seymour Alternative Farming Expo was held at the weekend.

More than 500 exhibitors were set up, offering those attending the most up-to-date advice, as well as plenty of entertainment.

The expo included displays and demonstrations, informative lecture series, a market-style shopping experience, food and liquor tastings and live entertainment.

One of the highlights — the Flipping Disc Dogz — saw seven Border Collies perform jumps, dances and obedience.

Normally running with eight dogs, co-owner and trainer Beau Pearson said the show must go on.

Mr Pearson said one of his girls was recovering from toe surgery and was unable to perform, but seven of the smartest Border Collies in Australia still performed.

The Super Tank fishing show was also a crowd favourite, with Michael Cooke offering a ‘‘fish eye view’’ of how lures work using a 15m by 3m Perspex tank, so onlookers could see exactly what happens under the surface.

McPherson Media Group events manager Susie Filleti said the event had done wonders for Seymour.

‘‘The event contributes about $6million in economic impact every year, from the exhibitors staying in the town, through to getting their coffees down the street,’’ Ms Filleti said.

Words: Madeleine Caccianiga

Pictures: Ray Sizer and Madeleine Caccianiga