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The Honey Festival is back by popular demand at this year’s Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day.

Farm day set to excite

FROM the hobby farmer interested in beekeeping to the suburban family looking for some fresh air, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day.

The 15th annual agricultural event returns next weekend, Sunday May 29, with a jam-packed program.

Committee member Sally Block said exhibitors had returned in force after COVID restrictions saw a number of agricultural shows limited in number or cancelled in the past year and prior.

“We have many exhibitors who are coming along because they’ve had a poor time of it over the past six months not being able to go to other events,” she said.

“We’re doing a big promotion to get the community here and have already had a huge amount of support with a good uptake on the online ticket sales.

“The community’s support is very important to our exhibitors.”

The committee proceeded with the event in 2021 after a cancellation in 2020 and, despite some nerves over pending COVID restrictions, saw about 7000 people attend.

“We get a lot of people from the Wheatbelt, as well as the city and from the hills and the Swan Valley,” Ms Block said.

“We try to exhibit things people can grow, produce and have on their small acreages like bees and farm animals.

“An enormous amount of people come from the city as well because we have loads of talks on gardening and horticulture and they bring the kids who love to see the animals.”

The wide range of exhibits cover many aspects of rural living with knowledgeable and entertaining speakers and demonstrators.

The Gidge Small Farm Field Day will also welcome the Olive Festival for the first time, with experts on hand to discuss the growing of olive trees, processing of olives and recipes.

The Alpaca Expo and the Honey Festival will also be back and bigger than ever.

The Honey Festival highlights the importance of bees, providing lots of information for those wishing to keep bees at all experience levels.

There will also be animals on show in the livestock area, including cows, sheep, llamas, goats and chickens.

This and much more at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds, Toodyay Road.

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