East Gippsland Field Days 1986 – 2013
East Gippsland Field Days began in 1986. The first two events were held on Trevor and Judy Richardson’s property 2km west of Lindenow.
The first year, May 1st – 2nd 1986, there were 83 exhibitors then an increase of exhibitors the following year thus outgrowing the site.
The 1989 – 1992 the Field Days were held on the property of Jim and David Johnston at Walpa. There was one exception when the Field Days had to be cancelled in 1990 due to major flooding in the Mitchell River.
The number of exhibitors at the Field days continued to increase and in 1992 there were 130 exhibitors.
A more permanent site was sought and the Lindenow Lions Club worked with the East Gippsland Shire to secure a site at the Bairnsdale Aerodrome.
Over the last 27 years the event has continued to grow at the Bairnsdale Aerodrome site.
Many Lindenow and District schools, sporting clubs and the Lioness Club work with the Lions to make this a premier event in East Gippsland. All proceeds are used within the local communities.
Over the years, the East Gippsland Field Days Committee has invested many thousands of dollars back into the site to improve exhibitor facilities and infrastructure such as roads and drainage, power, water, hard surfaced areas and undercover sites.
With more than 300 dedicated exhibitor sites the East Gippsland Field Days has grown to be one of the most iconic events within the East Gippsland Shire. Crowds of up to 8,000 people visit the event.