Mathew McAtamney crowned the Rural Bachelor of the Year at Fieldays
Mathew McAtamney might have the title, he just doesn't have the girl yet.
The Fairlie farmer was crowned the Rural Bachelor of the Year at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek on Saturday.
After a week of challenges against seven other men, the 26 year old took the golden gumboot trophy and won a prize pack worth over $20,000, including a Suzuki King Quad 750 4WD.
"It's been an awesome week, starting in Auckland last Sunday, and we've done some pretty cool stuff."
The bachelors had their skills, attitude and all-round charisma tested in a number of competitive challenges, which rated everything from physical strength and fitness to their fencing, cooking and dog-handling skills.
McAtamney had a mate try for the title a couple of years ago, so he had a bit of a heads-up on what was expected of contestants.
The beef, sheep and deer farmer entered to make some new friends and meet some girls. But while he enjoyed hanging out with the 10 Gumboot Girls, love at first sight seems to have passed him by.
He'll celebrate his victory with a few beers with his fellow contestants and enjoy Hamilton's nightlife before heading home for work on Sunday afternoon.
Last year's winner - Paul Olsen, from Manawatu - was the head judge for the week and happily handed over the title.
"It's been a great year, I have thoroughly enjoyed it, it's been good to be part of the process but it's good to hand it over."
And winning the title worked - Olsen's found love.
"I have found a girlfriend. She's a pretty awesome girl and she works in the ag sector as well."
Queensland's Gordon Mill won the people's choice award.
He was a dead cert after he declared New Zealand girls are prettier than Australian girls.