Lots of boys’ toys on show at Primex

NERVES OF STEEL: Ongmac Sales Consultant Brendan Disson in a mini digger at Primex, with the Kubota RTV in the background.
NERVES OF STEEL: Ongmac Sales Consultant Brendan Disson in a mini digger at Primex, with the Kubota RTV in the background. Cathy Adams

BOYS toys are sure to get the wink of approval at this year's Norco Primex event at Casino.

There's big, fat orange excavators and whizz-bang, red utility vehicles and all sorts of gizmos and gadgets guaranteed to turn a country man's head. (They'll probably a few heads amongst the city blokes too.)

One of the new must-haves on display this year is the Kubota RTV1120X all terrain vehicle. It's being shown off by Ongmac, a 25-year veteran of the show and a field day favourite.

"We have them in stock and we think they're going to be pretty popular," Lismore region sales consultant Brendan Disson said.

Besides taking orders from farmers, Mr Disson will also be overseeing one of the event's biggest crowd-pleasers, The Nerves of Steel competition.

It lets local excavator operators put their skills to the test in a nail-biting display of control and judgement.

"It's a time trial agility test where we place tennis balls on the top of traffic cones and they have to use an excavator to remove the balls and put them in a bucket," Mr Disson said.

Theoretically, anyone can have a go, he said, with the first prize being a Kubota ride-on lawnmower.

Besides the man-sized display from Ongmac, Kate Nugent of Fairfax Rural Events said this year's Norco Primex event will feature more than 1,200 companies.

"They will be on-site to demonstrate new products, innovative farming practices and field questions from around 40,000 expected visitors," she said. "We see Primex as a very important part on the Australian agricultural calendar."

And don't worry. If you get tired of looking at agricultural equipment and livestock, as many a woman might, there's a little bit of lifestyle shopping available too.

"We have an arcade that will feature clothing, food and general interest products," Ms Nugent said.

This year Primex has a smart phone app, to help visitors navigate the field day site, downloadable from Apple Store or Google Play.

Norco Primex: Richmond Valley Events Centre, Bruxner Hwy, Casino, starting 9am daily June 18-20.

 



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