Waikato farmers strong in bachelors pack

Last updated 05:00 31/05/2014

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There's a good chance a Waikato bloke will take out Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year - half of the finalists hail from the region.

Seven Kiwi blokes and a lone Aussie will compete for a $23,000 prize package, the coveted title and Golden Gumboot award.

The competition runs during Fieldays (June 11-14), but the finalists start early to race there from a mystery location.

Another set of challenges will await when they arrive, to put their agricultural skills, No 8 wire innovative attitude and charisma to the test.

Four of the competitors are eligible Waikato bachelors.

Tirau's Brett Steeghs, 25, is looking forward to the banter and counts in-depth discussion of the weather among his agricultural skills.

He is a test engineer who has recently moved into dairy farming.

And finding a new girl is part of big future plans for Morrinsville's Jeff Peek, 30.

He has a background in civil engineering and is in his first year as a farm manager - but he still fits in running, rugby training and socialising in the pub.

From Te Aroha is Jimmy Bentham, 28, who reckons he can rock a pair of gumboots and show a girl a good time.

He is a dairy farm manager with a bachelor of civil engineering with honours and an interest in crewing in yacht races.

Finally, 22-year-old Matthew Smith from Patetonga is second in charge on a Morrinsville dairy farm.

He was brought up in town and thinks it's time to show the farm boys that that was no barrier.

The competition was the opportunity of a lifetime for the rural lads, Fieldays communications executive Vicki Annison said.

"[They] not only get to enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Fieldays but, with all eyes on the guys, will receive a lot of female attention at Fieldays."

A prize pool worth $23,000 - including a quad bike and Swanndri voucher - and the coveted Golden Gumboot award will be handed over to the winner. The winner will be announced on Saturday June 14, at the Village Green at noon.

The Fieldays mobile app has information on what the guys will be doing throughout the weekend.

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- Waikato Times

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