Club ex­tends wel­come

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Piarere Young Farm­ers is not all about farm­ing – in fact, some of the mem­bers have never set foot in a cow shed.

Chair­man Brad Mor­gan said it’s really a so­cial club and a great way for young peo­ple to get to­gether and have a good time.

Mem­bers meet at the Oko­roire Hot Springs Ho­tel ev­ery Mon­day night for ‘‘a few beers and a catchup’’, Brad said.

Young Farm­ers has been ac­tive in the Waikato for 85 years and was es­tab­lished in Piarere in 2000.

Piarere now has close to 50 mem­bers coming from Pu­taruru through to Mata­mata and Wa­haroa.

Any­one un­der the age of 30 can join the ‘‘so­cial club with a farm­ing prob­lem’’ as mem­bers call it.

Be­sides meet­ing at the pub, mem­bers get to­gether at least once a month for ac­tiv­i­ties such as white­wa­ter raft­ing, rock climb­ing and go-karting.

They also join up with other clubs in the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty re­gion for an an­nual ball and mem­bers can en­ter the ANZ Young Farm­ers Con­test.

This year, Piarere’s former chair­man Hugh Ed­ward is host­ing the first round of the con­test for mem­bers from Piarere, South Waikato, Waihi and Ngarua.

Com­peti­tors will take on a range of tasks, from farm­re­lated jobs to chang­ing a baby’s nappy. ‘‘There will be lots of laugh­ter and per­haps tears of frus­tra­tion,’’ said mem­ber Monique Lemmen.

The day­time part of the event will be held at 681 Waotu Rd, Pu­taruru on De­cem­ber 15.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to come along and watch.

This will be fol­lowed by a for­mal ques­tion and an­swer evening at the Pu­taruru RSA.

The win­ner will go on to com­pete at the re­gional Young Farm­ers Con­test.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing Piarere Young Farm­ers can sim­ply turn up at the Oko­roire Hot Springs Ho­tel on a Mon­day night.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Brad Mor­gan on 027 392 4628.

So­cial club with a farm­ing prob­lem: The Piarere Young Farm­ers meet at the Oko­roire Hot Springs Ho­tel ev­ery Mon­day.

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