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Cutting-edge industries on show

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January 11, 2018

Crowds come from all over to check out the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo in February.

Enter the fascinating nerve-centre of alternative farming, where innovation and one-of-a-kind production techniques are integral.

The 26th annual Seymour Alternative Farming Expo brings together the best in Victoria, in an informative and entertaining event from February 16 to 18.

With as many as 500 exhibitors and more than 20000 patrons across the three days, this bustling expo features demonstrations, food and liquor tastings, informative lecture series, a market-style shopping experience, live entertainment and the opportunity to talk in person with the alternative farmers themselves.

‘‘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,’’ expo 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 whip-cracking and Australian bullock whip championships, which were previously featured at the Royal Melbourne Show and will now be hosted by the expo.

Get set to laugh and be highly entertained by this year’s pig-racing and pig-diving demonstrations, which are as funny and unusual as they sound.

Children are celebrated at this year’s expo too, which features a mini festival line-up just for them.

There are DIY projects, camel rides, an animal petting farm and all sorts of unique animals to see.

The huge success of this event has a flow-on effect every year to the wider community of Seymour.

‘‘The event contributes approximately $6million dollars 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 $6 million impact.’’

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held from February 16 to 18, at Kings Park in Seymour.

●For further information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent go to www.seymourexpo.com.au

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