The Southern Field Days is coming up this month, with the three day event running for the first time since 2020 on February 14-16 in Waimumu.
Covid restrictions saw the biennial event cancelled in 2022 for the first time in its 40 year history, but this has only added to the excitement surrounding this year’s Southern Field Days, says chairperson Steve Henderson.
“”The cancellation has created a lot of hype around the 2024 event.
“If you are out to purchase new equipment, or pick up a few new ideas this is the one stop shop.
“It might just be you need to catch up with some mates, grab a hotdog, drink and relax, this is also the spot to come.”
Henderson, who is dairy farming with his wife Tracey in Awarua near Invercargill, has been involved in the event since 2012, and says he is “still learning”.
“The first few events were just learning how it was run, and the committee has been great in sharing their knowledge.”
The event is a highlight on the agricultural calendar, attracting around 45,000 visitors and over 700 site holders.
Henderson said the event gives the local economy a much needed boost.
“It has a huge impact on local businesses from accommodation to eatery’s outside the gate to sales and contacts made for local businesses.”
The event is entirely volunteer –run, and Henderson said the committee have “ just a get it done” mindset, and he has enjoyed brining fresh ideas to the table.
“There is seldom an occasion where a problem can’t be sorted, and the team thrive on putting the event together.
“It’s known as the ‘friendly field days’, and this is what attendees and site holders love about the event.”
by Claire Inkson