Rain good for farmers on their big day out

NICOLE SHARP
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2014

2014 Southern Field Days

Farmlands Southland at Field Days

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Gumboot sales were predictably high on a wet day two of the Southern Field Days as close to 12,000 people braved the elements at the South Island's largest rural expo at Waimumu.

Gravelled walkways provided some comfort for those who had not dressed for the occasion, but by day's end there had been a large boost in gumboot sales.

A Southern Field Days spokeswoman said the new agri-centre was put to good use by spectators as the rain fell for large periods.

The agri-centre had provided a good base for smaller stalls, hosting 180 exhibitors.

"It was definitely a bit of a drawcard, having the shed to go into," Justine Williams said.

The tractor pull again drew a large crowd and the Otago/Southland Young Farmers fencing competition attracted a crowd of spectators.

Members of the public yesterday praised the effort of the organising committee and how successful the first two days of the event were.

Highlanders team members will be taking in all the Southern Field Days has to offer today, and there will be cooking with Masterchef runner-up Jax Hamilton.

Another attraction will be the tractor pull finals, which will start at 1pm.

The 2014 Southern Field Days wrap up today.

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