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19 March, 2021

The Rotary FNQ Field Days set to be electric in 2021

The hugely popular Rotary FNQ Field Days is ready to return bigger and better in 2021 as the countdown officially begins.

The Rotary FNQ Field Days strategic partners NQ Agricultural Services Managing Director James Fisher (left) and Mareeba Mazda Dealer Principal David Mete (right), along with event chairman Trevor Duncan are looking forward to hosting this year’s event.

With only 10 weeks until the three-day biennial event is held at the Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds, the organising committee and long list of exhibitors are making moves to ensure this year’s event is one for the record books.

A joint initiative between the Rotary Clubs of Atherton and Mareeba, Northern Australia’s largest agricultural Field Day will be held on May 26, 27 and 28.

Event chairman Trevor Duncan said the committee had been working tirelessly to implement a COVID-Safe plan and extra safety measures for all attendees.

He said the event would still have the same electric atmosphere and encouraged people from all over the region to show their support.

“We will be the first major event up this way for a while so I think we’re going to get some big numbers, but it will be great for the exhibitors if we do,” he said.

“The big message at the moment is that we’ve got to get as many people as possible to book online this year. Safety is our priority.”

Joining the Rotary FNQ Field Days as strategic partners for the first time is NQ Agricultural Services from Tolga, along with long running partners Mareeba Mazda and Tyrepower Mareeba.

NQ Agricultural Services Managing Director James Fisher said he was looking forward to connecting with people from all over at this year’s event.

“We’re excited to be on board, helping the community and helping in the Rotary FNQ Field Days is really what we want to be about,” he said.

“We’ve been to the event for the last couple of years and a highlight for me is actually dealing with the customers. It’s seeing people in a different environment ... it’s really nice to see someone in neutral ground and show them our products and give them our thanks when they come on board.

“We’ve got a few new exhibits, which we’ll keep quiet for now, but we’ll be showing them at the Field Days.”

Mareeba Mazda Dealer Principal David Mete said he was proud to be joining the popular event again.

“This will be our fifth event as strategic partners. We’ve had such a great experience from all those events so of course we were coming on board again this year,” he said.

Tyrepower Mareeba Owner and Operator John Raso said he loved being part of an event that contributed so much to the Far North community.

“I like to be part of what happens around Mareeba and supporting local, and Mareeba is going in leaps and bounds with all the crops around the place,” he said.

While many businesses have experienced delays with receiving stock since the outbreak of COVID-19, this year’s strategic partners assured the community they had plenty to go around and had been preparing for several months.

“Stock is a touchy subject, but we’re doing really well. We’ve already got stock arriving now and have been for the last month, preparing just for the Field Days,” NQ Agricultural Services’ Mr Fisher said.

This year the Rotary FNQ Field Days has been listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events on Austrade’s website.

This means eligible businesses can apply for funding under the Business Events Grants Program to cover up to 50 per cent of the costs of participating in the Rotary FNQ Field Days

Grants from $10,000 to $250,000 per entity are available. Applicants are able to apply for multiple events listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.

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