Boys from the farm turn on the charm

08:11, Jun 12 2014
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Kris Fannin of Cambridge fixes up a tent on the Contractors Federation site blown down by strong winds over night at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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The sun shines on the early starters on the first day of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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After a stormy night, the sun shines over the first day 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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The weather was bleak on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Josie Yockney wears her trusty gumboots to get through wet conditions on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Leaning into the wind from a bank above the National Agricultural Fieldays site are, from right, Matamata lads Taylor Green, 19, Zach Bell, 18 and Daniel Phillips, 20.
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Pretty boys: Rural bachelors contestants, from left, Michael Paton, Jimmy Bentham, Josh Gilbert, Brett Steeghs and Thomas Denham during a question and answer session.
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Boys with free stuff: Rhys Kimber, Matt Hanson and Sam Smith, all 15 and from Kristin School in Auckland, enjoy the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Thumbs up: Zac Gillespie of Inglewood gets his pic taken by Ebony de Thierry in front of a Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Prime Minister John Key tries out a Honda quad bike at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Korey Knudsen, 18 months old, tries out an interesting display at the Stoney Creek site at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Holly Duggan gets a pic to remember with Prime Minister John Key at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays' rural bachelor contestants have done the hard yards in the leadup to their event.

The eight eligible blokes chased sheep, shot clay targets, and went zorbing on their journey from Auckland to Mystery Creek.

And the action continued yesterday, with fencing, speed-dating and cooking.

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Tyler Wetere, 8, complete with goodies bag around this neck, negotiates a walkway at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Little Angus Leigh-Mackenzie appears well-equipped to help with chainsawing displays at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Mark Birks, 5, gets some digger driving advice from Alistair McIntyre at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Pumps were needed after heavy overnight at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Sophie Robinson and Jared Suisted at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Gumboots and umbrellas were necessary fashion accessories on day two of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Mark Lambert carries a post hole borer in the fencing competition at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Shane, Aimee, Tommy and Michelle Lawson from Okaihau Bay of Islands are dressed for the inclement weather at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Sam, Nathan, Amanda and Maxwell Flowerday of Tauranga at dressed for the conditions at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Nick Lieftieng and Tim Stafford compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Hamilton.
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Tim Stafford and Nick Lieftieng compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Hamilton.

Yesterday morning they faced questions from Waikato women.

It seems ladies into a romantic but rural first anniversary picnic would be a good match with Wanganui's Fraser Laird, 26. "I've got some back paddocks at the back of the farm. It's got a bloody good view. Serious," he said.

And how would they get there?

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ANSWER CAREFULLY: Michael Paton, left, Jimmy Bentham, Josh Gilbert, Brett Steeghs, Thomas Denham field questions from the audience.

On the back of the ute.

Morrinsville's Jeff Peek, 30, is one of the older competitors but plans to give the others a run for their money.

"Obviously I'm a competitive man. I want to win it," he said.

It wasn't his only motivation, though.

"I've been single for a while, so what better way to meet a new girl than with a bit of free advertising?"

Lone South Islander Thomas Denham from Hari Hari is defending the mainland's reputation, and the other outnumbered man is Australian Josh Gilbert.

But if his worst habit is what he claimed - "I work really hard" - the ladies won't have much to complain about.

The speed-dating heat came with non-stop chatter and some of the boys apparently taking notes - or phone numbers.

South Islander Denham said he scored a few, despite the nerves before his first taste of speed dating.

"I just winged it," he said.

"On the West Coast you don't ever meet girls, so it's a big thing for me to be up here and get to meet some people. So this is great," he said.

But he had carefully considered questions, including whether the ladies would be willing to relocate for the right guy.

The boys finished the day in the Kiwi's Best Kitchen making halloumi cheese, with pots boiling over and whey splashing close to photographers and smart phones.

Norsewood's Michael Paton looked nervous in the kitchen, but beat the competition with a salty, flavoursome product in 12 minutes and 35 seconds.

The man making sure the bachelors are in the right place at the right time this week is volunteer and chaperone Frank Sargent.

But the boys also keep him on his toes by snapping a shot of him yesterday morning when he fell asleep.

"I've got to watch myself, alright."

And while many single Waikato women might be keen on judging the competition, all three places are filled.

Confidence and the way the boys interacted with people throughout the day would be factored into the judging, as well as their performance in the heats, first-time judge Kiera Jacobson from Rural Women New Zealand said.

"Last year [in a heat] I saw a bit of them them having to pour beer or wine from an excavator into a glass. . . I think there's surprises around every corner for them."

Waikato Times