Fiel­d­ays fill­ing fast as in­ter­est in sites rises

RU­RAL DE­LIV­ERY

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Ex­hi­bi­tion sites are near­ing full oc­cu­pancy for the 44th New Zealand Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Fiel­d­ays, even though the event is months away.

A to­tal of 98 per cent of all sites at Fiel­d­ays have been ac­quired by agri­cul­tural-re­lated busi­nesses, which un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of ex­hibit­ing at the renowned event.

Out­door agri­cul­tural sites are 99 per cent oc­cu­pied and the sought-af­ter in­door Mys­tery Creek Pav­il­ion is fully sub­scribed.

With less than 20 sites avail­able across the 40-hectare ex­hi­bi­tion space, or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to reach ca­pac­ity well ahead of pre­vi­ous years.

Va­cant sites are pre­dom­i­nantly in the Ru­ral Liv­ing area.

The pop­u­lar Kiwi’s Best Mar­quee within this area is com­pletely sold out with com­pa­nies show­cas­ing their qual­ity food and bev­er­age prod­ucts. In ad­di­tion to these food sites, celebrity chefs will demon­strate de­li­cious ways to use ex­hibitors’ pre­mium prod­ucts in the Kiwi’s Best Kitchen Theatre.

Other ar­eas of in­ter­est in­clude the pi­o­neer­ing Ag Art Wear and In­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tions.

The Ag Art Wear wear­able arts com­pe­ti­tion seeks tal­ented de­sign­ers to make creative gar­ments from ru­ral prod­ucts.

The In­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion pow­ered by the Univer­sity of Waikato, also wants rad­i­cal en­tries. The supreme in­no­va­tion award, the es­teemed Golden Stan­dard, recog­nises back­yard agri­cul­tural in­ven­tions or im­prove­ments which have the po­ten­tial to en­hance farm­ing prac­tices.

Both com­pe­ti­tions close on Wed­nes­day, May 16.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to: www.fiel­d­ays.co.nz.

New Zealand Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Fiel­d­ays is from June 13 to 16 at Mys­tery Creek Events Cen­tre, south of Hamil­ton.

Pop­u­lar: A to­tal of 98 per cent of all sites at Fiel­d­ays have been ac­quired by agri­cul­tural-re­lated busi­nesses which un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of ex­hibit­ing at the renowned event.

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