With only 14 days to go to the 2011 National Fieldays, Hamilton is gearing up for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest agribusiness exhibition. New Zealand is not only a world leader in beef and lamb exports, but also famous for its agricultural innovation. To celebrate rural New Zealand, 1,000 exhibitors have signed up for the 2011 National Fieldays in Hamilton.
Held from 15 June till 18 June at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton, the National Fieldays 2011 features four days of exhibitions, livestock and entertainment. With around 130,000 visitors from New Zealand and almost 40 different countries this mega event is a huge success every year. And it’s not just for farmers and country folk! With fashion competitions, Kiwi cooking shows, crazy competitions and more there is something for literally everyone.
Two highlights of this year’s National Fieldays are the Rural Bachelor Competition and the Ag Art Wear fashion shows. Ladies, the Rural Bachelor Competition 2011 will be extra-special as the eight previous winners are returning to compete for the Rural Bachelor Best of the Best title. New challenges the boys have to handle include farm skills such as horse and dog handling, fencing and excavating. The Rural Bachelor Best of the Best winner will be awarded the Golden Gumboot and a big price pack.
The Ag Art Wear competitions will showcase designers who have created ingenious wearable masterpieces from farming commodities! There is an Under 21 section for young designers, a Landcare Awareness section utilising natural flora and fauna, the Traditional category and the ultimate Avant Garde category for innovative and truly unique designs. The runway shows take place daily at 10am and 1pm and the Ag Art Wear winners are revealed on Friday 17 June at 1pm.
More National Fielday events include Vintage Tractor Parades, Tractor Pull competitions, RetroFest music events, Wiremark Fencing Championships and much more. So pull on your gumboots and head to the National Fieldays 2011.