Wild west to draw crowds into Feild­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SAM KILMIS­TER

Cow­boys will be bring­ing their best cos­tumes dur­ing Feild­ing’s Wild Wild West themed ru­ral day.

A buck­ing bull ma­chine set to test the fit, the brave and the bold is among many of the new at­trac­tions to be sta­tioned around the town’s clock tower on Fri­day for the Manawatu town’s an­nual ru­ral day.

Feild­ing and Dis­trict Pro­mo­tions project man­ager Raewyn Loader said the event pro­vided the best school hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ment in the west.

‘‘The brain­storm­ing dis­cus­sions for the event this year pro­duced some fab­u­lous en­ter­tain­ment ideas.’’

The Best Wild West pet photo com­pe­ti­tion is an­other one of the new ideas in­tro­duced this year, which will give furry and feath­ery friends a chance to show off to the cam­era and is sure to pro­vide hi­lar­ity for spec­ta­tors.

An­other new event, run by the Feild­ing Scouts, is a wild west camp­site. The scouts have come up with a novel idea that en­ables peo­ple to work as teams and have a go at set­ting up a wild west shel­ter.

The Scouts will pro­vide boxes of mixed equip­ment to cre­ate a te­pee or lean-to shel­ter.

Any­one who said lo­cal elec­tions were dead could be right when chil­dren go hunt­ing for coun­cil and may­oral can­di­dates for a re­ward.

The bounty hunters will be try­ing to track down the can­di­dates who are set to be branded on a se­ries of ‘wanted posters’ be­ing put up around town.

Tal­ented buskers will be per­form­ing in the Square and a trio of drama stu­dents from Feild­ing High School will per­form some wild west skits around town.

The friendly per­son­al­i­ties of Feild­ing will also clash when lo­cal busi­ness­men go head-to-head in the gum­boot re­lay race from the sa­le­yards to the clock tower.

Po­si­tion­ing a run­ner at spe­cific lo­ca­tions, it won’t be a ba­ton that they pass on but rather a gum­boot to wear. As not all feet are the same size, run­ners will have to find a size that will roughly fit each of them.

Also in­cluded is live sheep paint­ing, a pet­ting farm, sheep shear­ing and but­ter mak­ing.

WHEN: Fri­day Oc­to­ber 7, 9am2pm

WHERE: Feild­ing Square (town cen­tre), Manch­ester St

COST: Free

‘‘Brain­storm­ing this year pro­duced some fab­u­lous en­ter­tain­ment ideas.’’ Project Man­ager Raewyn Loader

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Un­usual en­ter­tain­ment is set for Feild­ing’s an­nual Ru­ral Day.

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