Fiel­d­ays ‘one of the busiest’ yet – or­gan­is­ers

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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.

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