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Seymour expo is not far away

By Geoff Adams

The animals are groomed, the entertainers are at the ready and the gates are about to open for the 28th edition of the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.
Held in the heart of Victoria at Seymour’s Kings Park from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16, event manager Jamie Gilbert said with more than 400 exhibitors the expo had something for everyone.
“Come and explore the latest technology, practices and trends in small and backyard farming, visit the animals and enjoy the market-style shopping, food and entertainment,” Mr Gilbert said.
A stalwart of the farming calendar, the expo puts the spotlight on modern farming methods, ag-tech solutions and sustainability.
“Every year exhibitors showcase the latest technological advancements, machinery and equipment in the agricultural industry for small acreage farming,” Mr Gilbert said.
“Over the years the event has grown to incorporate sustainability, including off-the-grid, renewable resources and low-impact living.
“There is also an opportunity to get up close and personal with unique livestock breeds, learn tips on raising unusual paddock pals and get up-to-date on animal health and farm diversity ideas in the Small Farms Learning Hub.”
Mr Gilbert said the expo was also a great family fun day out, with plenty of star-studded entertainment for all ages.
“This year we’ve added the All 4 FMX quad bike demos to the huge entertainment line-up, while the Flipping Disc Dogs are back fresh from the Australia’s Got Talent stage,” he said.
“There’s the ever-popular Kids’ Corner and the Country Kitchen and Butcher Shop where chef Adrian Hensley and butcher Vic Bonacci will cook up a storm.”
Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe said he was excited to see the expo roll into Seymour for another year.
“An estimated 22 000 visitors are expected across the three days, with the expo anticipated to bring in more than $6 million to the local economy,” Cr Lowe said.
“This fosters the continued growth and development of our agricultural sector as well as our broader community and region — a very welcome boost during the widespread drought that so many people are experiencing.
“Congratulations to the hardworking volunteers, staff and community members who have made this expo a success for nearly three decades.”
¦ The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held at Kings Park in Seymour from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16.
For further information or to buy tickets online and save 15 per cent off the gate price, visit: www.seymourexpo.com.au
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