Mud claims Fieldays victims

Holly Duggan gets a pic to remember with Prime Minister John Key at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Holly Duggan gets a pic to remember with Prime Minister John Key at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Korey Knudsen, 18 months old, tries out an interesting display at the Stoney Creek site at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Korey Knudsen, 18 months old, tries out an interesting display at the Stoney Creek site at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Prime Minister John Key tries out a Honda quad bike at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Prime Minister John Key tries out a Honda quad bike at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Pretty boys: Rural bachelors contestants, from left, Michael Paton, Jimmy Bentham, Josh Gilbert, Brett Steeghs and Thomas Denham during a question and answer session.
Pretty boys: Rural bachelors contestants, from left, Michael Paton, Jimmy Bentham, Josh Gilbert, Brett Steeghs and Thomas Denham during a question and answer session.
Boys with free stuff: Rhys Kimber, Matt Hanson and Sam Smith, all 15 and from Kristin School in Auckland, enjoy the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Boys with free stuff: Rhys Kimber, Matt Hanson and Sam Smith, all 15 and from Kristin School in Auckland, enjoy the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Thumbs up: Zac Gillespie of Inglewood gets his pic taken by Ebony de Thierry in front of a Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Thumbs up: Zac Gillespie of Inglewood gets his pic taken by Ebony de Thierry in front of a Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Kris Fannin of Cambridge fixes up a tent on the Contractors Federation site blown down by strong winds over night at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Kris Fannin of Cambridge fixes up a tent on the Contractors Federation site blown down by strong winds over night at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Leaning into the wind from a bank above the National Agricultural Fieldays site are, from right, Matamata lads Taylor Green, 19, Zach Bell, 18 and Daniel Phillips, 20.
Leaning into the wind from a bank above the National Agricultural Fieldays site are, from right, Matamata lads Taylor Green, 19, Zach Bell, 18 and Daniel Phillips, 20.
The sun shines on the early starters on the first day of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
The sun shines on the early starters on the first day of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
After a stormy night, the sun shines over the first day 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
After a stormy night, the sun shines over the first day 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Josie Yockney wears her trusty gumboots to get through wet conditions on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Josie Yockney wears her trusty gumboots to get through wet conditions on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
The weather was bleak on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
The weather was bleak on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

Tyres spun, engines whined and mud flew in the Fieldays car park.

While many morning trips to Mystery Creek were delayed because of accidents, in the afternoon many cars had trouble getting out of the paddock.

Quad bikes dragged vehicles - from Holdens to Mercedes - out of churned up and muddied tracks left by hundreds of cars.

Little Angus Leigh-Mackenzie appears well-equipped to help with chainsawing displays at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Little Angus Leigh-Mackenzie appears well-equipped to help with chainsawing displays at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Tyler Wetere, 8, complete with goodies bag around this neck, negotiates a walkway at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Tyler Wetere, 8, complete with goodies bag around this neck, negotiates a walkway at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Mark Birks, 5, gets some digger driving advice from Alistair McIntyre at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Mark Birks, 5, gets some digger driving advice from Alistair McIntyre at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Pumps were needed after heavy overnight at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Pumps were needed after heavy overnight at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Sophie Robinson and Jared Suisted at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Sophie Robinson and Jared Suisted at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Gumboots and umbrellas were necessary fashion accessories on day two of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Gumboots and umbrellas were necessary fashion accessories on day two of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Mark Lambert carries a post hole borer in the fencing competition at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Mark Lambert carries a post hole borer in the fencing competition at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Shane, Aimee, Tommy and Michelle Lawson from Okaihau Bay of Islands are dressed for the inclement weather at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

 at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Shane, Aimee, Tommy and Michelle Lawson from Okaihau Bay of Islands are dressed for the inclement weather at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Sam, Nathan, Amanda and Maxwell Flowerday of Tauranga at dressed for the conditions at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Sam, Nathan, Amanda and Maxwell Flowerday of Tauranga at dressed for the conditions at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Nick Lieftieng and Tim Stafford compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Hamilton.
Nick Lieftieng and Tim Stafford compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Hamilton.
Tim Stafford and Nick Lieftieng compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Hamilton.
Tim Stafford and Nick Lieftieng compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Hamilton.

A couple of vehicles had mud spray up to the windows.

Drivers tried to gain traction and many admitted defeat so the quads zipped from one car to the next without a pause.

One motorist got advice - and a push - from those around.

Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Ag Art Wear entry is paraded at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Sandra East-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Sandra East-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
An outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
An outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Mercia Paaymans-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Mercia Paaymans-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Sandra Guest-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Sandra Guest-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Brontie Birchall-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
A Brontie Birchall-designed outfit on the runway for the Ag Art Wear Show at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

"Into first, not too much gas."

They tried backwards, they tried forwards, but it wasn't until another helper came along that the car got on to solid ground.

For Nick Empson, of Pirongia, manpower didn't suffice but a quad soon came to the rescue.

LITTLE HELP: Four wheelers were needed to get many cars and utes out of the mud.
LITTLE HELP: Four wheelers were needed to get many cars and utes out of the mud.

"We could see it was going to be greasy getting out. It was greasy getting in," he said.

"It's Fieldays, got to have a bit of fun."

While the car park was in the worst state he'd seen it in his years of attending Fieldays, he was pleased a free tow was readily available.

The quad-mounted parking attendant who came to his aid wasn't afraid to get stuck in attaching tow ropes.

"What a good man . . . I wouldn't be down there in the mud."

And emergency services are hoping there won't be a repeat of the traffic chaos that plagued day two of Fieldays.

Roads leading to and from Hamilton from the south were blocked on the second day yesterday, causing significant delays for thousands of people, road policing manager Inspector Freda Grace said.

There were also delays for northbound traffic south of Hamilton where a tree fell across State Highway 3 near the intersection with Airport Rd.

While police and ambulance staff dealt with that their colleagues were dealing with a collision between a truck and a fire engine on SH1 just before Cherry Lane in Tamahere.

Grace said in that incident a truck braked, trying to avoid a large slip and the fire engine following appears to have collided with it.

There was a "reasonable back up of traffic" that affected both Fieldays bound traffic and vehicles heading to the airport.

Traffic coming down from Auckland was also merging with traffic coming into Hamilton and Fieldays from the east causing significant delays at Matangi Village.

Motorists heading south were advised to take SH3 and SH39 from Rangiriri.

Grace's message was, "caution, caution, caution".

"With a good dose of patience added in- this will see us all get to our destinations safely."

Advice that could help avoid a similar snarl up today.

AT A GLANCE

Fieldays visitors should expect fine weather but be prepared for mud. Southest winds gradually easing, high of 17 degrees Celsius.

Today's highlights: 9.30am, Rural bachelor high tea, premier feature area 2pm, Ag Art Wear winner announced, Fieldays theatre 4pm, NZ National Fencing Championships prizegiving, village green All day, National Excavator Competition, excavator area.

Waikato Times