Best foot forward in rural contest
Entries for the 2013 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year competition are now open and Fieldays is on the lookout for hard-working rural blokes to represent the farming community.
In keeping with Fieldays' global theme, this year organisers are going trans- Tasman, and as well as six good Kiwi blokes will be searching for two Australians to join the competition.
In an Amazing Race-style twist to the competition, entrants will be flown to a secret location on Monday, June 10 and need to make their way to Fieldays by 5pm the following day, stopping in specific towns along the way to complete various tasks.
The bachelors must be prepared to roll up their sleeves and get into whatever is required, plus be up for some mystery and fun.
Once at Fieldays the bachelors will take part in four days of events, testing their rurally derived skills, No 8 wire innovative attitude and good all-round charisma in a number of competitive heats.
While the requirements and topics of the finalist events are kept under wraps until Fieldays, organisers said they would be largely agriculturally-based, but would have a few twists thrown in to challenge the character of the rural boys.
The competition is a serious challenge but also a huge amount of fun.
Fans of Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year will be able to read up about the selected finalists and follow their exploits on social media before and during the event.
Competitors can expect to gain many female fans during the event but the most important thing on everyone's mind will be the battle between team-mates for the coveted Golden Gumboot trophy and the title: Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year.
If you know of a suitable rural bachelor, get them on to the Fieldays website where they can apply online. Contestants must be over 18, work in the rural industry, ooze Kiwi/Aussie bloke charm and, most importantly, be single.
New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays will be held from June 12 to 15 at Mystery Creek Events Centre.