Committee Profile - Lorraine Trewick

What is your job? Farm hand, Office Work, GOFA [go for this and go for that] and home duties.


Current role at Field Days:

Chairperson of General Interest and Ag Art Wear Coordinator


Notable/favourite roles at the Field Days in the past:

For many years I would work in the front office during the field days. In the time before mobile phones and while my husband Ron was the Executive Officer, exhibitors would call our home phone from 6am to 11pm at night. I would answer the calls and communicate with Ron (who was busy on the farm) over the radio in code so others on the channel wouldn’t know what we were talking about! Because of this, I was able to easily work in the office as I had relationships with the exhibitors and knew what was happening around the site.

The highlight of my time with the Field Days has been the Ag Art Wear Competition. I brought up the idea in 2000 and have been involved ever since. I never expected it to get as big as it did and its been an amazing ride.


How many years have you been on the committee / involved in the Field Days for?

I have been involved since 1965. The first year I worked in catering. It was a hot dry year and we were selling soft drinks in bottles out of an old bathtub filled with ice in a tent. I can still almost smell the dust it was that hot. We would give 5c to anyone who brought back their bottles, and kids would come up with 4 or 5 at a time. Eventually we realised the kids were stealing the returned bottles from the back of the tent and bringing them back! We had to stop to 5c after that.

When I was the President of the Infant Welfare Centre I noted that there wasn’t anywhere during the Field Days for parents to feed and change their children. The first parenting centre was a caravan with an annex, and it meant I could still be involved during the event and bring along my young children.


Why did you join the Committee?

I officially joined the committee about 20 years ago, when I became the Chairperson for General Interest and the Ag Art Wear Competition began. Although I’ve always had a role and felt like I was a part of the Field Days and its been very rewarding.


What is your favourite part of the Field Days?

The Ag Art Wear Competition has definitely been one of my favourite parts. Getting to meet wonderful people from across the country and watching it evolve. I’m very passionate about it and its amazing to see how far its come. The Bendigo Living Arts Space has a display of the past 20 years of Ag Art happening at the moment. I recently went to visit and can not believe how amazing it looks.

I also enjoy speaking to all the exhibitors I have known for a very long time.


How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy gardening and golfing.


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