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Fieldays Rural Bachelor – out of your comfort zone


Fieldays Rural Bachelor – out of your comfort zone!

2003 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year Tim Stafford is looking forward to returning for the 2004 competition – but this time on the judging panel.

While the 27-year-old Marton fencing contractor says he hasn’t yet found “the one”, he has plenty of advice for prospective entrants, saying everybody should give it a go.

“I had an awesome time – I met heaps of people and would recommend it for the excitement of getting out of your comfort zone.”

“It’s really hard to do, but when you’re out of that comfort zone it’s a real adrenalin rush,” Tim says.

“The Bachelor competition was a real life experience.”

Round two of Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year is now under way with the official summon for genuine Kiwi blokes to start thinking about the 2004 competition.

In June 2003, seven finalists were selected from a pool of applicants and brought to Fieldays to compete for the prestigious title ‘Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year.’ They were hosted for the duration of the competition in a secret location bachelor pad and competed in heats testing their rural and bachelor skills.

The blokes shared an exhausting and challenging week together having to deal with huge media attention, female attention, digger driving, fencing, cooking, designing pick up lines and more.

Tim Stafford was crowned New Zealand’s top Rural Bachelor and handed the Golden Gumboot trophy along with a wardrobe from Swanndri, a year’s worth of Waikato Draught, a BBQ Factory gift voucher and a trip for two to the Gold Coast.

Tim’s win has resulted in him becoming a master of the dating scene - but not yet a spoken-for man, and he still has that ticket to the Gold Coast. Other finalists have reportedly found love since the competition - while some just enjoy living the life of a now ‘famous Kiwi Bachelor.’

The competition will be running again in 2004 with an even larger prize pool and a selection of even more exciting heat activities. Tim is looking forward to his stint on the judging panel, and says he thinks he will be a “hard” judge.

“They’ll have to be able to treat the ladies right,” he says.

Potential candidates should visit http://www.fieldays.co.nz for more details.

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