The world seems a little topsy-turvy at the moment. With key events being put on hold left, right and centre, we wanted to shout out to everyone who’s missing the biennial EP Field Days right now.
As Ramsey Bros Group Sales Manager, Tim Glover says, this iconic event is a stand-out on the Ramsey Bros calendar every two years.
“There will be a lot of people missing this incredible event right now! It brings over 500 exhibitors and around 20,000 visitors together over three days to soak up businesses of all sorts in Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula — it’s something Ramsey Bros has always proudly been a part of.
“Apart from being a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our machinery, the kicker is getting to chat with old and new customers. It’s the social fabric that we’ll be missing the most this time around — that, and getting behind other great businesses who are part of the event.
“It’s a great chance to be inspired by others, to grab some tasty BBQ, cracking seafood (of course), and there’s always a great vibe with music and fashion parades.
“But nothing is in demand, quite like our barista, Tony The Coffee Man, who keeps cold bones warm and spirits high with a perfect cup of Joe. For three days every second year, Tony becomes the Eyre Peninsula’s most wanted man,” laughs Tim.
Of course, it’s a massive undertaking to take part — particularly when you’re exhibiting huge machinery that is brought in from all corners of the country.
“It takes significant planning to coordinate machines coming from overseas, interstate, on boats, on trucks… it’s always a juggle but we’re all missing that rush of setting it up and doing final polishes before the gates open to the public.”
And with so much on offer, there have always been plenty of opportunities to take home a piece of the Field Days with you.
“It’s always been exciting to grab some great produce, clothing, or nick-nacks from the event,” says Tim. “But, if you really want to stand out, a visit to our exhibition will get you turning heads.
“I’ll never forget when one of our great clients, Ant Harris came to the Field Days a few years back, looking for a bargain. We wooed him with a new tractor and made an irresistible deal that included a cracking Case IH Scout.
“Obviously we organised to get the tractor delivered to Ant, but that night as the sun was going down and everyone was packing up, it was quite a sight to see Ant’s son, Klay, saddling up on the four-wheel buggy and driving it home.
“You don’t get that sort of caper at a city event,” laughs Tim.
So, here’s cheers to all the little things that we’re missing at the moment. We know that when things eventually return to normal, we certainly won’t be taking any of these small slices of ordinary life for granted.