Expect plenty of action in Feilding
Hitch up your britches, grab your 10-gallon hat and swing into the stampede that will be heading for Feilding’s Wild Wild West Rural Day on Friday, October 13, for the best school holiday entertainment this side of the drover and his dog.
Rural Day is the iconic annual event that attracts thousands of locals and visitors from far and wide to celebrate Feilding’s rural heritage. The free community event is organised by Feilding and District Promotion.
The round-about and cross roads through Manchester Square will be closed from 7am to 3pm on the day to leave the four quadrants and roads directly beneath the clock tower free for visitors and activities. The ring road around the square will remain open to traffic.
It will be an action-packed day, filled with animals, non-stop entertainment, rides, rural activities and competitions for the whole family.
Organiser Bronwyn Meads says the event wouldn’t be possible without plenty of local support.
‘‘Local businesses get in behind their town, and Rural Day is no exception.
‘‘They’ve been so generous with their time and sponsorships of goodies and prizes. We couldn’t do it without them.
‘‘They want to create a neat family day in town and they’ll be in the theme of the Wild Wild West too.’’
There are spot prizes for the best-dressed Wild West character so grab your checked shirt, jeans and red bandana, throw on your chaps or gumboots, put on your can-can skirt and feathers, or become a Cherokee or Apache for the day.
There’s Feilding’s Most Wanted, in which if you can find all 12 Most Wanted Posters around town, you’re in to win a prize. Pick up your entry form from the Information Centre or the clock tower on the day, find the 12 Most Wanted posters in participating businesses and collect the 12 names of local celebrities from them. Get your entry in by noon at the clock tower and be back at 2pm for the lucky draw.
See you at Feilding’s annual celebration, when town meets country, with good old-fashioned honest to goodness family fun.
Carriage driver Doug Wilson takes passengers for a ride around around Feilding.
Leith MacDonald turns cowboy at last year’s Feilding Wild Wild West Rural Day. Head into town for some good oldfashioned honest to goodness family fun at this year’s event.