Spunky spud farmer wins bachelor title
The Aussies may have charmed their way into the hearts of rural New Zealand, but it was a Manawatu spud farmer who took the title for 2016 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year.
Angus beef farmer Rob Ewing from Victoria, Australia, won the People’s Choice award, but Paul Olsen, from Opiki, 17 kilometres south of Palmerston North, who takes home the coveted Golden Gumboot award after cutting his finger while cooking and taking a ribbing about his chosen crop.
‘‘The kitchen is not my strong point, I guess,’’ Olsen said. ‘‘We were just making a salad. I was just chopping up the carrots. Yeah, it added a bit of texture or protein in there, I guess.’’
Olsen runs a dairy farm and dry stock rotating year round with his potato crop. As winner, he takes home a Suziki King fourwheel-drive quad bike, $5000 in vouchers from Swanndi, Stihl and Skellerup and the Golden Gumboot trophy. Not to mention bragging rights.
The bachelors were tested on a range of skills including speed fencing, speed dating, log splitting, digger driving and dog training.
The 35-year-old Olsen puts his win down to experience.
Ewing stood out in the Fieldays competition and continued to win hearts when he donated his prize – $2000 in vouchers from Swanndri, Stihl and Skellerup – to the Cambridge Riding for the Disabled Association.
Rural Bachelor of the Year! Fieldays Mystery Creek Winner Paul Olsen from Manawatu.