All for the community! All for the charity!
The Rotary FNQ Field Days are a project of the Rotary Clubs of Atherton and Mareeba. All monies raised are donated to charities and community organisations.
The Rotary FNQ Field Days has grown exponentially since its conception in the mid 1980’s.
From Humble Beginnings…
Now the largest agricultural field day in Northern Australia.
Run by the combined Atherton and Mareeba Rotary Clubs, the community event continues to raise record amounts each time the event is run. On average 5,000 people came through our gates each day.
Held over three days on a biennial basis, the award-winning field days is the largest community event on the Tablelands.
The Field Days home has moved locations four times, with its current location, the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds, witnessing the event’s largest growth.
The Field Days started in the mid-1980s when one of Atherton’s pioneering farming families, the Beatties, offered land on their Malanda-Atherton Road potato farm for a field day.
In September 1989, the Atherton, Malanda and Mareeba Rotary Clubs combined to form the FNQ Rotary Field Days and the concept took off.
Over the years the event grew and eventually the Atherton and Mareeba clubs combined to operate it. The event raises much needed funds for the community. Each club has it’s priority projects and causes while the field day committee also donates to service clubs across the Tableland region.
The support from the community – businesses, service clubs and sponsors – is simply astounding. Without this support and the foresight and passion of the Rotarians who have been involved in delivering the event for more than two decades, the event would not have evolved into what it is today. Along the way it has been the recipient of two prestigious Australia Day Awards.
Following the 2011 event, it was clear that a new bigger, better site was needed to help the event grow to its full potential. Strategic partners who share Rotary’s passion and drive to see the event into the future were brought on board to take it to the next level.
In May 2013, the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds was transformed into the largest and most comprehensive display of agricultural equipment and associated products and services in the region. It hosted 250 exhibitors and was deemed a sell-out. In 2019 we will be releasing 650 sites for sale. This growth could not be possible without the support from our exhibitors, some have returned each event since the beginning and the public in the gates. We are so grateful for the support and we are committed to continuing this event to give exposure to rural and related industries as a major boost to the economy.