Thousands revel in agricultural heaven

NICOLE SHARP
Last updated 05:00 13/02/2014
NICOLE SHARP/Fairfax NZ

Farmlands Southland regional manager Harry Soper at this year's Southern Field Days near Gore.

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It's a wet start to day two of the Southern Field Days near Gore - but it might boost gumboot sales.

Day two is usually one of the busiest days of the three day event, and today proved no different with traffic backing up to the entrance of the site at Waimumu.

While it is wet underfoot it has not detracted punters from experiencing the massive agriculture heaven.

Yesterday, more than 12,000 people gathered for the opening with organisers agreeing the South Island's largest rural expo enjoyed a brilliant start.

Spectators braved showers to view what 789 exhibitors had on offer, but most did not have the chance to take in all that was on display across the 20 hectares.

Southern Field Days publicity officer Justine Williams said there were a few technical issues the committee had to overcome on the day, but they were eventually resolved and the day had gone well.

The tractor pull drew a large crowd and many people made use of the new agri-centre to take shelter from the rain and to check out the new site development.

"We're stoked as a committee with how the first day has gone and the number of people that have gone through the gate," she said.

Today's attraction would be the Highlanders rugby team checking out the sites and taking in as much as they could of the expo.

Mrs Williams said with so much to see at the event, it was not possible to see all that was on display in just one day.

"You really need three days to be able to view it all," Mrs Williams said.

Stallholders yesterday praised the event and said it was great to have the opportunity to share their products with such a large crowd.

Ewan Allan Honda representative Geoff Soper said he had been to four field days and this year's was the largest so far.

It was great to see the event growing each time it was held, he said.

The event continues today.

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