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Great turnout for last Regional Final

Great turnout for last Regional Final

Crowds gathered at the Mackenzie Showgrounds in Fairlie Monday 21 April for the final stop of the AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg competition series.

The Aorangi Regional Final saw Hinds Agris, Ella Yeatman, William Ward and Hayden Jefferson from Hinds School take home the top honour for the AgriKidsNZ competition and High Country Hillbillies, Holly Malcolm and Ella Sanderson from St Kevin’s School were first in the TeenAg event.

The competitions test skills, strength and stamina while introducing youth to the fun side of agriculture. Primary and high school students from all walks of life are welcome to join in.

Rounding out the top three for AgriKidsNZ was Crazy Cows, Ben Chambers, Sam Wilson and Ben Thompson from Ashburton Intermediate School in second, and third place went to Geraldine Musterers, Patrick Foley-Smith, Tim Sheed and Mitchell Sowden from Geraldine High School and Geraldine Primary.

AgriKidsNZ is open to children 8-13 years of age and they compete in teams of three while the TeenAg competition calls for high school students 13-18 years old, competing in pairs.

There was some fierce competition amongst the TeenAg competitors. Gumboot Girls, Georgia Malcolm and Brittany Caldwell from St Kevin’s School took home second place and in third was Moist Musters, Cody Callaghan and Thomas Yeatman from Timaru Boys High School.

The competitions are structured into eight modules which can test anything and everything farm related. The top scoring seven teams continue through to the Race-Off challenge where contestants must work as a team and complete a series of tasks as fast as possible.

“It was a great day out and the weather certainly turned around for us,” commented Josie Hampton, AgriKidsNZ & TeenAg Project Leader.

“We had strong finish for the Regional Finals with 27 AgriKidsNZ and 14 TeenAg teams in Aorangi,” said Miss Hampton.

The top three teams from each Regional Final are invited to attend the 2014 Grand Final held in Christchurch, 3-5 July where they will battle it out for the national champion’s title.

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