Fieldays ‘one of the busiest’ yet – organisers
A series of foggy mornings didn’t keep away Fieldays enthusiasts, with the total number of people on site for just the final day numbering 130,684.
National Fieldays ran from June 15 – 18 at Mystery Creek for the 48th year last week.
And this year was one of the busiest yet.
The final day saw Manawatu’s Paul Olsen announced as The Rural Bachelor of the Year, and Australia’s Rob Ewing picking up People’s Choice.
‘‘I think it’s been an incredible opportunity to benchmark ourselves against our peers and see how broad a spectrum we have as far as skill sets go,’’ Olsen said.
Kiwi’s Best Kitchen turned up the heat for the final day as two culinary ‘superstars’ took to the Kitchen Theatre stage.
Chelsea Winter brought some of her homemade happiness to the stage and was blown away by how many people showed up to watch her demonstrations.
‘‘It’s a really good vibe, everyone’s just relaxed having a great time,’’ she said.
In celebration of Country Calendar’s 50th anniversary, Fieldays Society partner Hyundai bought household name Allyson Gofton to the stage.
She shared recipes from her latest cookbook Country Calendar Homestead Baking.
The Tractor Pull competition also finished on Saturday.
On the third day of Fieldays, Friday June 17, more than 39,000 people attended.
The exhibitors were rewarded for the efforts at the Exhibitor Site Awards.
StockRock took out the Best Innovative Showcase Site award and DeLaval took out the Best International Agribusiness Site award.
Also recognised on Friday was Paul van Beers for his lifetime achievements in fencing.
After 31 years in the sport, with 14 Golden Pliers wins and 12 Silver Spades, he was described as both a ‘legend’ and ambassador for fencing.
‘‘It has been a pleasure to be at Fieldays.
‘‘My children come every time with me so it has become a massive part of our lives.
‘‘It has been fantastic to get to know my fellow competitors over the years,’’ he said.