Ag experts head back to where it all began

Phil Fraser goes through some 40 years of Emerald agricultural college memorabilia.
Phil Fraser goes through some 40 years of Emerald agricultural college memorabilia.

HUNDREDS of people are getting ready to fuel up and make tracks back to Emerald for the 40th reunion of the agricultural college.

The past four decades of Wranglers, Spurs and Cowboy Hats will be celebrated and remembered on September 24 and 25.

Instructor Phil Fraser started with the organisation on October 3, 1977, and can't wait to see some of his past students and fellow staff members.

"It will be a nice trip down memory lane," he said. "There have been literally thousands of young people who have gone through our courses and gone on to successful careers in agriculture.

"Though things have changed a bit over the decades, in the early years it was not unusual to have more than 100 full-time residential students. Now teaching groups have become larger and there are now more students enrolling who have no, or limited agricultural background.

"It used to be that a lot of the students had grown up on properties and had a great practical base from their first day, that has changed to there now being more city students.

"But it doesn't matter where the student has come from, you see the passion and excitement in them all as they get outdoors and learn about stock handling and life in the bush."

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