Dowerin Events Management is the organisation responsible for running the iconic Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days and several other wheatbelt events. As a not-for-profit organisation, all the income generated through the Field Days and other events goes directly into the local region. Through the fundraising efforts of over 300 volunteers for their nominated clubs and organisations, as well as significant donations offered through our funding Committee, Dowerin and the wider community benefit greatly from the events.
The Dowerin Field Days itself is the largest and most widely recognised agricultural event in Western Australia. The Committee has built a strong reputation over its 54 year history, with the brand recognised throughout Australia and increasingly overseas, across rural, regional and metropolitan areas.
The Dowerin Field Days directly targets attendees from agricultural regions, attracting over 25,000 visitors each year. Recent studies have shown that over 70% of all attendees come from rural and regional areas and most own or run an agricultural related business. Around 7000 broad acre farmers attend the event each year and over half of all visitors stated their reason for attending was a strong interest in agricultural products and services.
But in recognition of the extraordinary efforts of the Dowerin Community in establishing and maintaining the unique event, the Committee has also involved themselves in promoting the event beyond an agricultural context, to acknowledge its importance to rural tourism. As a result the Field Days has won several tourism awards at a state and national level. After taking our the WA award for “Significant Local Festivals and Special Events in 1995, the event went on to win the National award in the same category and then proceeded to be the winner of the category again in 1996 and 1997. In 1998 the Dowerin Field Days was inducted into the Sir David Brand Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.