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Where have all the cowboys gone?

1 April 2006

Where have all the cowboys gone?

2004 title holder Justin Nelson handing over the 'Golden Gumboot' trophy to 2005 winner Tony Buckingham from Southern Southland.

Entries for the fourth Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year competition have now opened and organisers are encouraging friends and family to ‘dob in’ single rural blokes.

“Typically, quality rural blokes are humble guys who like to get on with their work and sometimes they need a bit of encouragement to put themselves out there” said competition coordinator Elysia Shirtliff.

“This is an awesome opportunity to bring these guys from out of the shadows and for the guys to experience an unforgettable week and win their share of $30,000 worth of prizes, not to mention loads of female attention” she said.

The 2006 competition introduces semi-final rounds which will select the crème of the crop from each region to compete for the national title and the prestigious ‘Golden Gumboot’. The competition seeks to find New Zealand’s most eligible rural bachelor through a series of heats at the final at the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays in June.

Heats are designed to test the entrants’ rural skills and bachelor eligibility. They will cover all aspects of the typical rural Kiwi bloke’s lifestyle including fencing, cooking, farm fashion, digger driving, chainsawing, dog trialing, making music, dating and classic Kiwi sport.

Last year’s winner, Tony Buckingham from Southern Southland, says the competition is well worth entering,

“It was an amazing experience, an all-expenses-paid week with some great guys. We were treated like celebrities and were lavished with great prizes from the sponsors.”

Mr Buckingham will return as a judge this year and will give this year’s finalists some tips while he stays with them in the secret bachelor pad.

Eligible contestants will be over 18, work in the rural industry, ooze Kiwi bloke charm and most importantly, be single.

The competition is proudly sponsored by Classic Hits along with supporting sponsors Swanndri, Waikato Draught, Stihl, BBQ Factory, Freedom Air, Accom Gold Coast, Ford, Skellerup and Telecom.

Entry details on or by calling 07-843-4499. Entries close 12 May 2006.


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