The big vision of a small town ensures its future.

Story By Gretel Sneath

How can an isolated country town of 400 people lure 22,000 people to a field day event? “Small town, big vision has been the Lucindale motto for a while,” event secretary Lyn Crosby says. “People only have to tell someone in Lucindale you can’t do it because you’re only a small town, and that’s it.”
The farming community in the heart of south-eastern South Australia doesn’t have a men’s shed; it has Yakka Park, the working den of 38 Lions who bring the South East Field Days to life every March. Jeff Davey is one of eight members who have been there since the first event 37 years ago. “We had to beg the 40 exhibitors to attend, and while crowd numbers are a bit hazy, I remember they ate seven beasts at the barbecue,” he says.
Today, 600 exhibitors from across Australia and New Zealand participate, and most of Lucindale pitches in to help.

This Story is from Issue #99

Outback Magazine: Feb/Mar 2015