The biggest agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere will return to Mystery Creek for its 50th anniversary next month.
Last year, Fieldays attracted over 130,000 people. This year, it will be held from June 13 to 16.
For those looking to freshen things up at the kitchen table, the new kitchen theatre showcase will be worth a visit to see the connection between farm and table via the fry pan.
There will be an opportunity to mingle with celebrity chefs and check out the pantry marquee, where produce from the cooking demonstrations will be sold.
Also new this year is ‘Rural Catch’, a mixed gender version of the familiar ‘Rural Bachelor of the Year’ competition.
The popular tractor pull is back with three categories that will test the speed, strength and showmanship abilities of the farm vehicles.
The kitchen theatre is a tasty new addition.
The tractor pull is a firm favourite.
The event includes a schools’ section, where students will race to pull a full-size tractor 40 metres.
The defending champions, Te Awamutu Primary School, will face off against the leading challenging school in the final for a $2000 prize. All tractor pull finals are held on Saturday.
Other shows of strength are the logging events, which will see competitors use tools such as chainsaws and axes.
The Champions Trophy wood chopping event will be held on Thursday. The winner will represent New Zealand in France for the world championships.
Friday’s event will have competitors hoping to make the 2018 Stihl Timbersports World Championships in England.
More logging events will be held on Saturday.
In arts and entertainment, the No. 8 Wire exhibits will be on display and there will be multiple dog shows.
Meanwhile, the innovations centre will provide a glimpse of the future of farming. More than 50 entrants will show off their latest agricultural inventions over all four days.
Fieldays will provide a nostalgic look at the past with a vintage tractor collection and a historic village, where old buildings and activities, such as blacksmithing, will be among the demonstrations.
Mahurangi Matters has a Fieldays double pass, sponsored by AgGrow Quip, to giveaway to one lucky reader. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with AgGrow Quip competition in the subject line, to go into the draw. Don’t forget to include your name and a daytime phone number. Alternatively, write your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and post to: AgGrow Quip Fieldays Competition, Mahurangi Matters, PO Box 701, Warkworth. All entries must be received by noon on Friday, June 8.