Ex­pect plenty of ac­tion in Feild­ing

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Rural Day -

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.

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