Seymour set for big show

January 31, 2018

Pig diving is one of the unique events on offer at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Logan Anderson shows best how to use a whip.

The expo is a big drawcard, attracting a large number of visitors to Seymour.

Enter the fascinating world of alternative farming at the 26th annual Seymour Alternative Farming Expo from February 16 to 18.

Featuring up to 500 exhibitors and more than 20000 patrons across the three days, the expo features demonstrations, food and liquor tastings, informative lecture series, a market-style shopping experience and live entertainment. Visitors also have a chance to talk in person with the farmers.

‘‘If you are looking for advice on alternative products or want to tap into the latest innovative ideas that will assist you in being a successful farmer, then the expo is the place to visit,’’ McPherson Media Group events manager Susie Filleti said.

‘‘There is a real festival feel this year, too, with three busy food courts and a bar, and all palates have been catered for with the range of delicious food, wine and cider on offer.’’

Cutting-edge industries take centre stage this year, such as the special guest Grubs Up insect farm, from Western Australia, which farms crickets for human and animal consumption.

Be amazed by the skill and expertise in the 2018 AWPA Victorian Whipcracking and Australian Bullock Whip Championships, which previously featured at the Royal Melbourne Show. Get set to laugh and be entertained by this year’s pig-racing and pig-diving demonstrations.

Children have a mini-festival line-up just for them. There are DIY projects, camel rides, an animal petting farm and a variety of animals to see.

The huge success of the expo has a flow-on effect every year for the wider community of Seymour.

‘‘The event contributes approximately $6 million in economic impact every year, from the exhibitors staying in town through to visitors getting their coffees down the street,’’ Ms Filleti said.

‘‘The town embraces the event and we have some great supporters in the community, and equally, the event generates a positive economic outcome for the Mitchell Shire region via this $6million impact.’’

The expo will be held at Kings Park in Seymour.

For more information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent, visit www.seymourexpo.com.au

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