Day one at the field days draws a strong crowdPhotos

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Day one at the field days draws a strong crowd | Photos BIG MACHINES: Claas Harvest Centre’s Adam Hayward shows Lubeck’s Graeme Maher a header at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.
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Former world champion wood cutter David Foster at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Eden, 6, and Winter, 3, May, of Adelaide at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Their mum Bree, is this year’s celebrity chef and was the winner of My Kitchen Rules.

Celebrity chef Bree May, cooking at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Bree won 2014 My Kitchen Rules.

Nhill’s Dennis Crowhurst and Trevor James at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Eleanor Lee, Nuseed, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Aiden Last, 9, and Robbie Last, 10, Powells Point, at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Liz Russell, Donald, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Lauren McKinnon cooks with a thermomix at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Emma Barr, 1, Yalla-Y-Poora, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Michael Alexander with a brown snake at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Madi McCrum, Taryn Bond, Sophie Bradshaw and Taylor Hansen at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Celebrity chef Bree May cooks at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Bree won 2014 My Kitchen Rules.

Gil Ampt, 90, hasn’t missed a field days since they started. Wimmera Machinery Field Days 2015.

Rob Carberry, Emma Kealy and Peter Walsh at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Ian Batters, St Arnaud, tries dome healthy food at Wimmera Health Care Group stand at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Greta Smith, 2, with her grandfather Leo Delahunty, listens to Horsham Library manager Mary Dalgleish during Storytime.

Amcal Pharmacy’s Carlie Streeter tests Steven McVicar’s health.

Peter Erbacher, Adrian Galvin, Emma Kealy and Steve Olver with Buster the dog at the Bug R Off launch at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Dusty Peucker has fun in the kids area at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Mathilde Gardy, 4, Murtoa, with a chicken at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Toby Decker represents Horsham and District Lapidary Club at the field days. The club will host the 51st National Gem and Mineral Show at the Wimmera Events Centre during Easter 2015.

Robyn Gulline, St Monan’s Emporium, and Ginelle Polanske, Eluca Designs, teamed up at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Horsham Golf Club member Janet Kemp shows off golf gear at the field days.

Tim Matthews and Chris Matthews, The Forge, Ballarat, at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Andrew Noseda, Prickly Moses Brewery, at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Andrew Noseda, Prickly Moses Brewery, at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Shirley Schilling, Horsham, gets her hearing tested by Sue Ward at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Jorja Hardy, 4, Macarthur, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Neil Kingston and Kay Kingston, Campbells Bridge, at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Josh Burdin at Factory MX show at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Josh Burdin gives a poster to Zac Martin, 4, at Factory MX show at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Josh Burdin gives Lachlan Pfeiffer a poster at Factory MX show at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Celebrity chef Bree May shows her skills.

Josh Burdin with a young fan at Factory MX show at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Josh Burdin shows his talent during the Factory MX show.

Liam Pfeiffer, 9, watches the Factory MX show at the field days.

Damon McLean and his son Ethan, 3, watching Factory MX show at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Mark Meyer, YMCA, at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Former world champion wood cutter David Foster at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Ben Rowney, Gamadale Australian Whites, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Taylah Ryen, Antwerp, selling drinks for the Antwerp and Arkona tennis clubs, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Butch Phillips, Horsham, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Murray Elliott, The Pain Man, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Development of Environment, Land, Water and Planning mapping manager John Pergolis at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days. They have been mappng for 40 years.

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Tasmania’s David Foster, woodchopping at the Horsham Hydraulics site at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days. David is the only axeman in the world to win over 185 world championships and has held one world title for 21 years straight.

Nev Prince, Waratah Fencing Demonstrator, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Allison and Tim Barr, with Hamish, 4, Emma, 1, from Yalla-Y-Poora, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

John Ward, managing director Header Front Repairs, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Celebrity chef Bree May cooks at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Bree won 2014 My Kitchen Rules.

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2014 My Kitchen Rules winner and celebrity chef Bree May cooks at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

2014 My Kitchen Rules winner and celebrity chef Bree May cooks at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

2014 My Kitchen Rules winner and celebrity chef Bree May cooks at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Ann Rohde, area co-ordinator at Samaritan’s Purse, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Minyip Men’s Shed members Steve Kirk and Neil Croff make boxes for Horsham North Kindergarten at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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Jorja Hardy, 4, Macarthur, at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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ORGANISERS of the 53rd Wimmera Machinery Field Days were pleased with visitors numbers on day one, despite farmers coming off a poor growing season.

Tuesdaywas the first day of the annual event.

The annual event creates an estimated $50 million in trade over three days.

However, committee president David Jochinke said trade would be down this year, especially on larger equipment and machinery.

‘‘People will be mindful of the season we have had,’’ he said.

‘‘We find in years where the season has not been as good, the middle of the range to small items are picked up more.

‘‘Things like a set of spanners or a fuel trailer are more popular. Big ticket items become future purchases.

‘‘Farmers will still come and look at things to buy down the track.’’

Mr Jochinke said he was pleased with the crowd numbers for the first day.

He said exhibitors had a pretty good response from customers so far.

‘‘They have had strong inquiries for the first day, and when it comes down to it, we want the exhibitors to enjoy coming here,’’ he said.

‘‘The weather has been kind to us so far and the site is slightly smaller this year, so it is completely full.’’

A new electronic ticketing system was introduced this year, which was not without problems.

‘‘We had a few issues with the WiFi. At the start of the day we were able to record live data about gate numbers, but when it stopped working we had to rely on our back-up system so we didn’t have the live data,’’ Mr Jochinke said.

‘‘We thought we would have a bug or two with the new system.’’

Special features at the field days on day one included woodchopper David Foster and a motocross stunt show.

The afternoon saw the return of the vintage TractorCade.

Mr Jochinke said the field days was a great social event.

‘‘At the end of the day, it’s about the community coming here to enjoy the day,’’ he said.

Mr Jochinke said the committee hoped good weather on Wednesday and Thursday would mean more visitors to Longerenong.

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