Fieldays freebies: pupils show off their haul
Some people hear Fieldays and think farming. Others think freebies.
It's often kids who hunt the best ones out and a bunch of Mt Maunganui Intermediate students must be among the best.
The group had buckets and bags full before noon on Wednesday.
And they went beyond jellybeans and pens to score loot including cattle-style name tags, headphones and tractor-themed USB sticks.
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It took two-and-a-half minutes for three of the students to run through their haul, which ranged from free dairy samples to toy tractors to hand-heating pads.
"You kind of ask [stall holders] questions about their products and what they want to do," said Maddie Donovan, 12.
The trip was part of their science studies so they got chatting at a stall about water filtration and promised to take the information back to their principal and other pupils.
"We talked to them about ... what they're doing it for and they were doing it for third world countries. We got a whole lot of free things for talking to them about it."
Lisa Turnwald, 11, tried some meat chocolate - never again, she said.
"That tasted absolutely revolting"
A hit for all three was a cattle tag personalised with their name - an LIC and Allflex initiative.
It's not technically free but the gold coin donation punters hand over goes to the Rural Support Trust.
In 2015, the tags were on a cow-ear headband and they gave out about 5500 during the event, LIC national solutions manager Michelle Adam said.
"We're expecting probably a similar number this year.
"It's been a constant stream since eight o'clock. We've had even exhibitors coming in wanting them."
Mt Maunganui Intermediate student Alex Sawford, 12, mastered the art of getting a cost-free souvenir.
"Make them feel like you're interested in their stuff," he said.
"Then you just say, oh, what have you got for free?"
It seemed to have worked as a "robot kit" was part of his haul.
"It does stuff for you, and you leave it out in the sun," he said.
His top freebie was a set of blue headphones, which he said would play Eminem, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
A frisbee was the favourite for Kaya Swann, 12.
She didn't have a special tactic for getting the goods though.
"We were just roaming around and we found it," she said.