Lucindale Field Days Returning to Lucindale After Two Year Break
After two years of cancellations and postponements, the South East Field Days are returning to Yakka Park, Lucindale for their 42nd year over a two-day period on the 18th and 19th of March 2022. The Field Days are an annual agricultural exhibition that gives businesses and people in the agricultural industry an opportunity to showcase new products and equipment and network with potential clients and members of the general public.
The event is widely regarded as one of the highlights of the year for the Limestone Coast and surrounding communities. Organised by a local committee and run by local volunteers, the Field Days showcases over 600 exhibitors and attracts up to 25,000 visitors to Lucindale and surrounding areas each year. In 2020, the field days were cancelled for the first time in 42 years due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with hopes they’d be able to return the following year. However, persisting uncertainty around COVID restrictions and border restrictions that affected a large amount of patrons who travel across states for the event lead to the field days being cancelled again in 2021. Fortunately, to the excitement of many and thanks to the incredible hard work of the South East Field Days committee, the event is finally ready to make its action packed return this weekend.
Beyond agricultural services including machinery and equipment and suppliers for feed, livestock, wool, fertiliser and more, the Field Days also hosts exhibitors that specialise in real-estate, insurance, and finance. The two day event will also be full of networking opportunities, competitions, demonstrations and presentations by industry leaders and professionals. The event is extremely family orientated with plenty of exhibits suited for all ages and a variety of interests, with three large general interest pavilions showcasing a mix of local and out of state products including crafts, clothing, food, wine and much more. Kids attending the event will have plenty to do this year including laser tag with Limestone Coast local business Burrungle Park Paintball and Laser Tag, the Balharry Memorial Kindergarten Children’s Activity Pavilion, and getting up close and personal with gorgeous animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm. Other exciting free entertainment and attractions featured at the Field Days this year includes the SA Police Dixieland Band, the Addicted to Mud display by the Can Am Team, The South East Axeman Association Display, the always popular Sculpture Competition, a chance to look at some precious pups the Lucindale Engineering Puppy Pound, The South Australian Yard Dog Association 2022 State Championship, and a lot more.
Tickets for the 42nd Annual South East Field Days can only be purchased at the gates with cash and EFTPOS payments both accepted. The event has advised there will be no cash out facilities available on the premises this year and urge visitors to prepare accordingly. Entry fees for adults is $20 and all children up to 18 are free to enter both days. This year the Field Days are a double vaccinated event (no booster required) with all children 12 and up and all adults in attendance required to provide proof of vaccination upon entry. Masks are not currently required for outdoors but will be need to be worn when visiting indoor facilities such as the pavilions. Any changes to COVID guidelines for the event will be posted on the South East Field Days Facebook page prior to the event.
The weather forecast for the 2022 South East Field Days is predicting lovely weather to compliment the highly anticipated return of the beloved community event. The Field Days are also a great opportunity for tourists to take a few days to explore and experience the beauty of the Limestone Coast. Many local businesses in the Naracoorte and Lucindale district and surrounding areas are very excited to cater for visitors and Field Days attendees after two long years of a tourism drought. It’s not too late to book accommodation in the Limestone Coast which offers a variety of family friendly accommodation options, such as the lovely Carolynne’s Cottages, located two kilometres north of Naracoorte, and experience firsthand the return of the South East Field Days.Jessica Dempster