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More than 25,000 pour through the gates at Tocal Field Days

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More than 25,000 poured through the gates at Tocal Field Days over the weekend. 

The event was back bigger than ever across Friday, Saturday and Sunday - twice as many people attended on Saturday than on the same day in 2019.

In 2019, 21,734 people attended. 

Event manager Wendy Franklin, said it was great to be back welcoming farmers, exhibitors, and the community after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 event.

Wendy Franklin said the good weather seemed to encourage people.

She said people were able to use their NSW Government discovery vouchers.

“After drought and COVID-19 it was so good to see farmers getting together with each other and suppliers,” she said.

“There was such a great vibe – I would say it was the best Tocal Field Day in the 12 years I have been managing the event.”

Wendy Franklin said the future farming robotics and drone demonstrations as well as the Tocal on Show demonstrations were extremely popular.

“People also loved the piglet races, sheep shearing, gum boot throwing, the working dogs, and quad bikes."

“The scenic helicopter rides never stopped - we had to bring in a second chopper.”

The event was Ms Franklin’s last.

“We have a great Tocal Field Days team who take time out from their lives to work with us. They are an enthusiastic group and there is no weak link in the chain. I could not have done this event over the years and continued to improve it, without them. I also thank the staff and students from Tocal Agricultural College and all the wonderful sponsors, community groups and volunteers who make the field days possible.”

Local community groups will be awarded grants from the event’s proceeds in the coming months.

For information visit tocalfielddays.com.

Image credit: Gladys Berejiklian Facebook page