A tent city has sprung up at the Central Districts Field Days' site at Manfeild Park in Feilding as exhibitors ready themselves for a onslaught of people.
The event is on tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and brings hundreds of thousands of dollars to the region.
Event manager Cheryl Riddell said there was a record number of exhibitors with 542 displaying their wares and services. She was expecting about 35,000 adults to come through the gates.
It was the largest regional field day in New Zealand but most people could still get around in a day - a real advantage, Ms Riddell said.
It's the field days' 21st birthday and she said they had grown each year, after starting with just 200 exhibitors. Highlights include the national excavators competition, chainsaw sculptors, tractor pulls and an aerial display.
- Manawatu Standard
Will Aaron Cruden's omission hurt or help the All Blacks?Related story: Senior All Blacks 'pretty disappointed' in Cruden