Field days a draw de­spite bad weather

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - ELLA STOKES

WET­WEATHER gear and win­ter wool­lies were es­sen­tial at the Otago Field Days yes­ter­day but it didn’t stop peo­ple at­tend­ing.

The third an­nual event, be­ing held at the Palmer­ston Sa­le­yards, and will con­tinue to­day with nearly 200 ex­hibitors.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paul Mutch said al­though the weather wasn’t as good as he’d hoped, it didn’t have a ma­jor im­pact on num­bers.

‘‘The cold weather means it makes it a bit tricky to do any­thing on farm for both farm­ers and con­trac­tors so will hope­fully en­cour­age peo­ple to get out for the day.

‘‘Ul­ti­mately it will turn a few peo­ple away but, that’s life and we just have to deal with it.’’

More than 6000 plants were avail­able and there was a larger fo­cus on gar­den­ing and hor­ti­cul­ture, so ur­ban vis­i­tors were catered for.

The field days were started three years ago as a way to use com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and en­cour­age com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, Mr Mutch said.

‘‘In the first year we out­grew the show grounds . . . It’s been great to see some new ex­hibitors this year and oth­ers who were here last year have made the most of hav­ing larger sites.’’

Al­though the field days ended to­day, as soon as the gates were closed, he would al­ready be think­ing about next year’s event, he said.

‘‘As soon as it’s over, there will be a re­view . . . and within the next month there will be frame­work for the next one.’’

He and the rest of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee had their fin­gers crossed the sun would shine to­day, he said.

Paul Mutch

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