AGQUIP starts tomorrow, so it was all systems go for the women of the CWA late last week as they prepared to feed the crowds that will pour through the gates.
But if you’re looking for a nice, cool seat in the heat and dust of Australia’s largest rural field days, you won’t find one at the CWA tent at site A23.
“You’ll only ever get a warm one at our stand, as somebody’s always just vacated it before you arrived,” CWA stand co-ordinator Michelle Eggins told The Leader.
In the lead-up to AgQuip, an army of 55 Namoi CWA group members mustered for the logistical feat of the year – providing a hot cuppa and sustenance to the hungry hordes.
Over the three days, about 25 dozen scones, complete with jam and cream, lorry-loads of lamingtons, acres of Anzac biscuits, countless choc chip cookies and jam drops by the jeepload are consumed.
“The cooking section is huge. We never have enough, no matter how much members bring and donate,” Mrs Eggins said.
This year at the CWA stand – its 10th in the shed and 27th on deck at the field days – you’ll find something to eradicate a pesky little critter that’s the bane of fruit growers across the country.
“A Manilla local, Norm Carter, has long been promoting the eradication of the Queensland fruit fly and as he’s getting on a bit, he’s asked the CWA to take it on as a project,” Mrs Eggins said.
“We are writing across the state to our local members of parliament to pass on to the agriculture minister the urgent need to support councils financially, so their parks and gardens staff can spray or cut out feral fruit trees. They’re also in people’s gardens and along median strips – they all harbour fruit fly. They used to be dormant in winter, but now they’re into citrus, it’s a real problem.”
To combat the pest, the CWA will sell Dakpots at a 40 per cent discount price of $10 each day at AgQuip.
Mrs Eggins said they had 160 each day to sell at that special price, and she expected the Dakpots to fly out the shed doors.
From the day before AgQuip begins, about 55 ladies from the Namoi group stay with CWA friends in Gunnedah and don’t go home until the shed is swept clean on the final day of the event.