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Fieldays Rural Bachelor finalists announced

29 May 2008

Fieldays Rural Bachelor finalists announced

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  • The Rural Bachelors

  • New Zealand’s bachelor cream of the crop have been found and are getting ready to compete for the ‘Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year®’ title at the Fieldays 2008, 11 - 14 June.

    Bachelor finalists hail from Northland, Waikato (2), King Country, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Wellington and Canterbury, so there will be an entrant for everyone to support. Major sponsor, Classic Hits, will introduce the Bachelors to their regions leading up to Fieldays and put them through their paces on air with Classic Hits breakfast teams.

    “It’s fantastic to see the good range of guys from around the country with all sorts of agricultural jobs that have entered the competition this year,” says Gemma Antoniadis. “We look forward to showing off New Zealand’s very best Rural Bachelors at an action-packed 40th anniversary Fieldays.”

    The finalists are:

    Mark Woodcock, a 35 year old Farm Manager from Northland
    Lee Poolton, a 29 year old Excavator Driver from the Waikato
    Robert Pollock, a 30 year old Dairy Farmer from the Waikato
    Charlie Taituha, a 22 year old Technical Field Rep from the King Country
    Patrick Bellerby, a 25 year old Dairy Sales Specialist from the Hawkes Bay
    Peter Schreurs, a 26 year old Agricultural Research Technician from the Manawatu
    Lee Matthews, a 35 year old Stock Manager from Wellington
    Mark Dillon, a 20 year old Sheppard from Canterbury

    The bachelors will battle it out for the prestigious ‘Golden Gumboot’ trophy and their share of over $30,000 worth of prizes while experiencing an unforgettable week of celebrity status. They will be hosted in the ‘secret bachelor pad’ for the week of Fieldays with all expenses paid.

    2007 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year, Paul Slater, will return to the competition in 2008, this time as a judge. Slater will be able to tell the finalists some of the fun that’s in store and will hand over the title and Golden Gumboot trophy at Fieldays on Saturday at 1pm, along with a swag of prizes including $5,000 cash and a trip for two to the Cook Islands.

    Fieldays visitors can look forward to seeing the Bachelors in action at the following times:

    Wednesday 11 June 2008
    8:30am – NZ Pork Brekkie Bloke heat in the Kiwi’s Best marquee on M Road
    9:30am – Meet the Bachelors on the Village Green
    1:30pm – Suzuki Cheerleaders Heat on the Village Green
    3:00pm - Fastest Fencer Heat - Fencing Area
    Thursday 12 June 2008

    10:00am – Skellerup Heat on Skellerup sites G73-G77
    11:00am – Waikato Draught heat on the Village Green
    12.00pm – Bachelor Pageant heat on the Village Green
    1:30pm – Cutting Horse Heat in the Stock Handling area
    3:00pm – Hyundai Heat on the Village Green
    6:00pm – Meet the Bachelors at The Ale House, Te Awamutu
    Friday 13 June 2008
    10:00am – STIHL Chainsaw Champs heat at STIHL sites J14-J16
    11:30am – Farm Fashion heat on the Village Green
    12:30pm – RD1 heat on the Village Green
    1:30pm – RD1 Bachelor Auction at RD1 sites G34-G36
    3:00pm - Drive a Digger Heat in the Excavator Area on Road I
    6:00pm – RD1 Bachelor Auction Dinner and public evening at The Bank Bar in Hamilton
    Saturday 16 June
    1:00pm – Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year announced in the Spantech Pavilion

    ENDS

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