Hum­ble start to 50th Fiel­d­ays

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

The 50th Fiel­d­ays has be­gun and I won­der if there are a few peo­ple still around who can re­call a two-day Fiel­d­ays Spe­cial held on Waik­e­ria Prison Farm about 1965.

The Waipa¯ Young Farm­ers Club mem­bers con­tacted lo­cal farm­ing firms and per­suaded them to show off their im­ple­ments, such as mow­ers, sweeps, rakes and ploughs.

A high­light for many farm­ers was watch­ing Guy Robin­son, a pi­lot who worked for James Avi­a­tion.

He showed farm­ers how to spread ma­nure from a spe­cial Fletcher Air­craft, a most pop­u­lar and im­pres­sive event.

The days were far bet­ter at­tended than ex­pected.

The com­mit­tee un­der­es­ti­mated the park­ing area al­lot­ted, the num­ber of toi­lets avail­able and the amount of food or­dered for hun­gry pa­trons.

Jack Price, the lo­cal agri­cul­ture of­fi­cer, as well as the su­per­in­ten­dent of Waik­e­ria Prison, were chief or­gan­is­ers.

Help­ing them were mem­bers of the lo­cal Young Farm­ers clubs.

Is it pos­si­ble that the Na­tional Plough­ing Com­pe­ti­tion and present Fiel­d­ays Events evolved from this be­gin­ning?

I think enough funds were raised to hold th­ese Fiel­d­ays twice more be­fore they were taken over by Waikato Young Farm­ers Club at Te Rapa.

What a long way to­day’s Fiel­d­ays has come!

PETER HARKER

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