National Agricultural Fieldays 2012

01:18, Jun 13 2012
Ian mayall of TeAroha ties up his dogs ahead of the sheep dog trials.
Ian mayall of TeAroha ties up his dogs ahead of the sheep dog trials.
Issac sage  of Palmerston north gets ready for Bill Schuller Fencing competition.
Issac sage of Palmerston north gets ready for Bill Schuller Fencing competition.
Pat Munro and AllanBright of Katikati get coffee as National Fieldays begins.
Pat Munro and AllanBright of Katikati get coffee as National Fieldays begins.
Crowds pouring in on the opening day of Fieldays.
Crowds pouring in on the opening day of Fieldays.
Maggie Murdock, 5,  from Patetonga checks out colorfully range of commando gumboots.
Maggie Murdock, 5, from Patetonga checks out colorfully range of commando gumboots.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
PRECISION CUT: Stihl Timbersports team member Adam Lowe of Hokitika focuses intently as he races to cut through a log with an axe.
PRECISION CUT: Stihl Timbersports team member Adam Lowe of Hokitika focuses intently as he races to cut through a log with an axe.
FREEBIE FUN: A young girl attempts to untangle the balloons she has collected as she makes her way through the throngs of people who made the most of the fine opening-day weather.
FREEBIE FUN: A young girl attempts to untangle the balloons she has collected as she makes her way through the throngs of people who made the most of the fine opening-day weather.
Paul Hammond from Lake Rotoehu tries his balancing skills on a mechanical bullride.
Paul Hammond from Lake Rotoehu tries his balancing skills on a mechanical bullride.
Maddison Gerosh from Raglan tries her balancing skills on a mechanical bullride.
Maddison Gerosh from Raglan tries her balancing skills on a mechanical bullride.
FIELDAYS ROCKS OFF: A day one highlight at the agricultural show was the mechanical bull riding; Aucklander Mitchell Goff shows here how it is done.
FIELDAYS ROCKS OFF: A day one highlight at the agricultural show was the mechanical bull riding; Aucklander Mitchell Goff shows here how it is done.
The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.
ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.
Demo at the Honda Display, The public watch as Bruce Nielsen on the Honda TRX 420 FPA passes by.
Demo at the Honda Display, The public watch as Bruce Nielsen on the Honda TRX 420 FPA passes by.
Chainsaw V8 Demo by Murray Raynel , "Skinny" Chris Harris and "Pike" Andrew Haswell.
Chainsaw V8 Demo by Murray Raynel , "Skinny" Chris Harris and "Pike" Andrew Haswell.
Mary Torok taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Mary Torok taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Helen Hansen taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Helen Hansen taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Helen Hansen and Katie Stockholme taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Helen Hansen and Katie Stockholme taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Katarina Torok taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Katarina Torok taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
 PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am. PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
 PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am. PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
 PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am. PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
 PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am. PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
 PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am. PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
 PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am. PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.
PM John Key arrived to a cold and wet Mystery Creek at 10am.

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Storified by · Tue, Jun 12 2012 19:20:04

All roads leading to Fieldays at Mystery Creek will be packed at peak times over the next few days but there are ways to dodge the melee.

NZTA State Highway manager Kaye Clark said there's always a significant increase in traffic volumes on State Highway 1, SH3 and SH21.

Waikato road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman recommends people use SH3 through Glenview rather than overloading SH1.

"We've noticed that everybody seems to want to use SH1," Mr Tooman said, "and SH3 is being under-used yet it's often the quickest option."

Mr Tooman said other hot spots where people might experience delays include intermittent queuing on Tauwhare Rd as cars come off SH1B.

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