ATTENDANCE was beyond expectations at the 35th annual South East Field Days at Lucindale, SA, last weekend, where more than 13,000 people paid a visit to the 600-plus exhibitors on site.
Profits raised from the event go to various charities and community groups that service and benefit the local regions.
The Lucindale High School runs the Blue Yakka Trail at the SE Field Days, starting from their site. Here teacher Jane Terry holds one of the school’s White Suffolk lambs with students Nick Kendrick and Tim Williams looking on. Click on this image to see more photos in our online gallery.
In the aisles, Old McDonald's Animal Nursery, the Balharry Children's Activity Tent, the Blue Yakka Trail and the Pedigree Puppy Pound were popular among the young folk, while all age-groups were kept entertained by Honda, which provided hourly demonstrations on four-wheel bike safety.
The ever-popular Elders-sponsored scarecrow and mailbox competitions attracted large entries and one of the biggest ever crowds was present for the distribution of prizes on the Saturday afternoon.
Early on Friday morning, Lucindale Lions president Digby Allsopp and yard-dogs stalwart Rex Hocking officially opened a new set of yards for the yard-dog competition.
This was used for the novice competitors this year and greatly assisted in getting the extensive competition in the seven championships through in an orderly manner.
Joe Spicer, Glenthompson, had a great run in the competition, taking out both first and second placings in the 2013 Pedigree Elders South East Field Days Open Championship.
His current Australian champion, Gogetta Brue, had to be content with second placing as Mr Spicer's other dog, Gogetta Package, came through from an earlier win in the RJC Evans & Co Improver competition to blitz the championship field, scoring 188 points – three ahead of Brue's 185 points.
Samantha Edwards, Avenue Range, SA; Josh Latty, Balmoral; Kelvin Barr, Pinnaroo, SA; Wayne Gehren, Tintinara, SA; and last year's overall winner Fred Rains all tasted victory in the other sections during the two days of competition.