Organisers at Central Districts Field Days were taking no chances with the weather, deciding to shut the event down several hours early at noon today.
Tropical Cyclone Lusi was due to hit the Manawatu this afternoon with wind speeds forecast to surpass the event's official safety limit of 80km/h.
The event's management team has been monitoring the cyclone's approach closely as it moves down the country. Fairfax Agri-Media Brand Manager Dean Williamson said the safety of patrons and exhibitors was the first priority.
"The decision to close the event to the public at noon is really to allow exhibitors a minimum of 2-3 hours to break everything down and get their sites safe and secure," he said.
"Much of the equipment on their sites are not permanent fixtures; they are made to last the 2-3 days of field days, not to withstand extreme weather conditions.
"Closing the event early is a precautionary measure to ensure everybody's safety. The last thing we want is to leave everything to the last minute."
- Fairfax Media
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