Spin-in .. Dunedin woolcrafter Loris Ives, of McAuslin Merino, demonstrates the art of spinning near the entrance of the East Otago Field Days' central marquee. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

The volunteers responsible for the East Otago Field Days are keen to do it all again.

Happy in their work … East Otago Field Days administrator Susan Lawson and strategic communications adviser Maria Barta answer visitors’ queries. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

Organising committee chief executive Paul Mutch said “a great group of people” had worked throughout the year to ensure the success of the second annual field days on October 18 and 19.

More than 4000 people attended the new location, the Palmerston Saleyards. It was chosen as a larger site than the Palmerston showgrounds where the inaugural field days were held. The saleyards easily accommodated the increased number of exhibitors and visitors, and car-parking was available in flat paddocks alongside.

“It was a fantastic event,” Mr Mutch said.

Learning opportunity .. Committee member Bill Campbell catches up with his wife, East Otago High School careers adviser and Gateway and Star co-ordinator Jacqueline Guile, at the school’s stall. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

“We had a good crowd and terrific weather.”

The latter was in stark contrast to last year, when persistent rain turned the showgrounds into a sea of mud.

How-to … Riverstone Kitchen chef Bevan Smith demonstrates the art of making sausages. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

Mr Mutch said it was “heartening” to hear about record sales for some of the exhibitors and the strong interest in items displayed in fashion parades.

When he asked exhibitors what changes they would like for the future, most said they liked it how it was and had already secured their spots for 2018.

The field days would be held a week earlier next year, Mr Mutch said.

Main lane … Space abounds at the East Otago Field Days, where visitors including former Waitaki Mayor and Mayoress Alex and Heather Familton (centre) met up with friends and colleagues. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER
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