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Greener pastures at 2008 Clare Valley Field Day

The 2008 Clare Valley Field Day on Wednesday, 7 May 2008 will be bigger and better than previous years with a move to Clare Showgrounds according to event Chairman Peter Barry.

“It has been two years since the last Clare Valley Field Day, we have moved the venue and worked hard to ensure the latest in viticultural, winemaking and farming technology is on display,” Peter said.

The new Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AO CSC RANR will perform the official opening at 11.30am.

“We are very pleased that he accepted our invitation and that he is able to stay in the beautiful Clare Valley,” Peter said.

From its humble beginnings on the Watervale oval, the Jim Barry Clare Valley Field Day will this year seek to establish itself as one of the major showcases of viticultural, winemaking and farming technology in the State.

The shift this year from Watervale to the much larger Clare Showgrounds allows the expansion from wine and grape technology to include agricultural displays for grain growers and graziers.

“The new venue gives increased accessibility and convenience for both site holders and visitors, and a buffer against inclement weather,” Peter said.

The Watervale community will still be actively involved in the organisation and running of the event, with proceeds going back to that community.

“Although Clare is best known for its winemaking and viticulture, its other agricultural activities such as grain growing, wool production and beef cattle grazing are at the heart of the Clare Valley’s economy and define the character of our local community,” Peter said.

The Clare Valley Field Day will showcase the latest machinery, services, education, technology and information available to the local viticultural and agricultural sectors.

A full day of activities is planned with key industry guest speakers focusing on water issues, a small winemaker’s competition, wine tastings and a sheepdog demonstration.

School students from throughout the district will be taken around the site on an educational tour with Clare Regional Winegrape Growers Association president Anthony Koerner.

“There is wonderful and diverse array of trade sites with some fantastic innovative ideas and the committee has ensured the day will be family oriented, with plenty of arts, crafts and educational sites,” Peter said.

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