March 2022

An award to encourage designers with business aspirations to produce garments made with natural fibres will be a new feature of this year’s Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

The Business Development Award: Australian Made Fibre is a new award already creating excitement among designers and will be showcased at the 17th annual Henty Natural Fibre Awards at the 2022 Henty Machinery Field Days.

Boasting prizes valued at around $5500, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2022 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle pavilion on September 20-22 at 1pm each day.

Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Business Development Award was creating excitement among designers with new entrants planning on participating.

The new award has been sponsored by JMP Developments, Wodonga, for $500.

 “Since the field days are located within a major wool and fibre producing region, it was important an event be carried on to encourage designers to showcase their creativity using the fibres allowed,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.

“This competition is free and open to all designers, but the fabric in the garment must be at least 70 per cent natural fibre, which can be wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, linen or combinations.

“Garments are judged on visual appeal, creativity and innovation.’’

To be announced on the final day, the winner of the supreme garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 in prize money plus a Bernina 325 sewing machine valued at $1499, courtesy of Bernina Australia and Sew Fab, Narrandera.

The winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory will receive $500 each sponsored by Fox & Lillie Rural and Henty Machinery Field Days. 

Bernina Australia and Sew Fab are donating a Bernete 44 Funlocker valued at $750 as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer.

“Designers may supply their own models, however, we do have Year 10 students from Billabong High School who are given modelling tuition leading up to this event,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.

“We are expecting strong entries this year as many people sewed throughout the pandemic and it will be exciting to see their work.”

People interested in entering the awards can contact Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305.

A feast of homebred Australian music will bring a new dimension to the 2022 Henty Machinery Field Days with a concert on the Wednesday night.

Country music singer and I’m a Celebrity star Brooke McClymont and her Golden Guitar winning husband Adam Eckersley will take to the stage in a new ticketed event to be held after the gates close at 5pm.

The couple will be supported by Walla Walla farmer, singer, songwriter and recording artist Danny Phegan and his Longreach band. 

McClymont is one third of the award-winning Australian country music trio The McClymonts with over 200,000 album sales, 40 million streams, two ARIA awards, 15 Golden Guitar awards and five #1 ARIA Country Albums.

Eckersley has been recognised for his song writing, winning the APRA Award for Country Work in 2015 plus two Golden Guitar Awards.

Planning has begun for the 2022 Henty Machinery Field Days, scheduled for September 20-22, after a two-year hiatus.

Exhibitor online applications opened this month and online ticket sales for general entry and the tickets for the Wednesday night entertainment will open in June.

With the 2019 field days drawing more than 850 exhibitors on over 1200 sites, Mrs Anderson is expecting exhibitor numbers to be in excess of 850 for 2022 on the back of strong interest.

“The field days will have all the usual attractions including the prestigious Henty Machine of the Year Award, the working sheep dog trials, Country Lifestyle pavilion, Farm Gate Produce Market, Baker Seeds agronomy trials, helicopter joy rides, live entertainment, the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards and vintage farm machinery display,” HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said.

Also back this year will be the exhibitor awards for Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General, Best Indoor (Country Lifestyle and Farm Gate).

“We are excited to add a new dimension of family friendly entertainment to the field days this year with Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley, who have released the first single from their highly anticipated second album and embarked on a national tour,” Mrs Anderson said.

“With the agricultural sector experiencing record commodity prices and a strong seasonal outlook for southern NSW on the back of widespread rain, we are gearing up for a bumper event with expected strong demand for tillage and fodder machinery, livestock handling equipment, grain handling and storage, fencing materials and home and garden equipment.”

The not-for-profit HMFD Cooperative enabled fundraising of more than $350,000 to regional sporting clubs, community organisations and schools from the 2019 Henty Machinery Field Days.



Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative Limited

Phone: (02) 6929 3305

Site Address: 22 Lubkes Road, Henty NSW 2658

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Henty is located midway between Albury and Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Way