THE South Gippsland Dairy Expo is in its 20th year this year of not only bringing the local dairy industry together with its suppliers, innovators and advisors but also benefiting the community at large.
Since its inception, the main event of the Strzelecki Lions Club’s year, has helped the club provide an average of over $25,000 annually to community projects and worthy causes.
“It’s a big job but it’s worth it,” said club president Phil Ould, out and about around the district last week putting up new promotional signs for the event which is little more than two weeks away.
It will be held; hail, rain or shine (probably with all of the above); on Wednesday and Thursday, September 11 and 12 at the Korumburra Showgrounds.
“It’s been a very successful event and this year we are delighted to welcome our new major sponsors, Saputo, on board,” he said.
With Phil, helping to erect the new-look signs was one of the event’s main organisers, and treasurer of the club, John Hutchison.
“It’s been a lot easier getting the posts in for these signs, if that’s any indication of the season ahead for local dairy farmers,” said John.
“It’s why we’re so good at growing grass here in South Gippsland.
“We’ve changed a few things about the expo this year, with the new sponsor coming on board and we’re looking forward to another great event again this year.”
And there’ll be a nod to the footy finals fever that is sure to be gripping the state and the local district by mid-September with iconic footy singer Mike Brady opening the expo with a clutch of his famous footy anthems including ‘Up There Cazaly’ and ‘One Day in September’.
He’ll be singing and entertaining the crowd from 11am to 12 noon on Wednesday, September 11.
The day will also feature the Saputo Dairy Expo Gumboot Gift.
As usual, Thursday, September will feature Matt Harms from Onfarm Consulting with the theme being the bright future for dairy farming in South Gippsland given the challenges being faced by dairy farmers in the north of the state.
And don’t forget ‘The Udder Truth Showbag’ competition with $5000 in cash up for grabs.