THE Bega Showground was a hive of activity on the weekend.
The South Coast Field Days proved a huge hit with the local community.
The two-day event was organised by SCPA-South East Producers to highlight sustainable land use and living.
One of the organisers, Geoffrey Grigg, said the field days attracted more than 2000 people.
“It was a massive weekend,” he said.
“We had 1400 on Saturday and I’d tentatively say that we had 6-800 come along on Sunday.
“It was just brilliant.”
Mr Grigg said the turnout had even exceeded organisers’ expectations.
“We thought we were capable of these days, but anything can go wrong with events like these,” he said.
“We weren’t sure how it would go with the bypass opening happening, but it worked in our favour.”
Everywhere you looked, there was plenty of fun to be had at the showground.
Local blacksmith Ian Hamilton conducted a knife-making exhibit, Mark Williams and Patrick Reubinson showed how to make camembert and Merryn Casey taught participants about bush tucker.
Elsewhere, Emily Stokes looked at raw culture and vegetables, Sam Bright discussed milling timber and Mark Moss built a rocket heater.
However, arguably the highlight was the sheep dog training conducted by Cooma’s Neil Lynch.
Crowds watched on as Mr Lynch instructed “Flash” to herd a group of sheep, through a range of instructions.
Unfortunately the sheep didn’t always comply, but it made for great entertainment.
Meanwhile, the band played on to provide great music, the food was fantastic and there were lots of smiling faces and happy families everywhere.
Mr Grigg said he had received positive feedback from a lot of people, particularly those over 50.
“We had so many people say thank you, they enjoyed themselves.”
Mr Grigg didn’t want to reveal how much money was raised across the weekend, but said it would help put SCPA “front and centre”.