It takes an army to make the Ag Expo | Poll

Western Farm Machinery's Mick Carey and Jane Carey exhibit their tractors at a previous Nyngan Ag Expo.
Western Farm Machinery's Mick Carey and Jane Carey exhibit their tractors at a previous Nyngan Ag Expo.

Organisation is ramping up for the 2017 AGL Nyngan Ag Expo, which is celebrating its 25th year as a community event.

A total of 272 exhibitors have already registered, with organiser Robyn Harris predicting there will in excess of 300 on the day.

But hosting the 4000-odd people who are expected to pour through the gates on Saturday, August 5 is no easy feat.

An estimated 1200 people will be on hand to host the exhibits, which range from farming equipment to a food and wine tent and zorb balls for the kids.

At least 150 people support the Car Show ‘n’ Shine, while the Ladies Golf Associates man the gates on the day.

It also takes months of commitment from the organising committee of just 16 volunteers, many of whom travel up to 80 kilometres into town for regular committee meetings and working bees to make the AGL Nyngan Ag Expo happen.

“The committee are an absolute joy to work with,” Ms Harris said.

“I’ve worked with a lot of charitable organisations in Sydney and Brisbane and Perth, and I’ve just absolutely loved working with these guys.

“Their minds are open to change and development, which is just fantastic.”

There has certainly been a huge amount of development at the Nyngan Ag Expo. At the inaugural expo in 1992, there were just four exhibitors.

Ten years ago, when Ms Harris first came on board, there were 70 exhibitors.

Last year they had 236.

And in 2017, they have attracted a further 44 new exhibitors who will be showing in Nyngan for the first time.

Two of the original exhibitors – Cobar’s Parisi Motorcycles and Landmark Nyngan – also keep coming back.

“We get the exhibitors saying that they like coming to the Nyngan Ag Expo because there’s no hassles,” Ms Harris said.

“It’s easy, hassle-free and they’ve got a good area of display and we have quite a wide cross-section of products.”

The variety also continues to attract people from across the Central West, and as far away as Menindee, Home Hill and Bundaberg in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

“It’s a full day of activities because we cater not only to the men with farming equipment, we also cater to the women as well,” Ms Harris said.

“There’ll be a demonstration of how to straighten picket posts, there’ll be a demonstration of sheep handling machinery.

“We’ve got a food and wine tent which Royden Donohue entertains in … kids activities like the baby animal farm, face painting … it’s a whole family event.”

Funds from the 2017 event will once again go towards the Max Tremain Nyngan Country Education Foundation scholarship, an initiative set up by the committee to assist young people from the Bogan Shire to further their education at university or TAFE.