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Fencing and tractor driving at Fieldays

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15 May 2008

Fencing and tractor driving at Fieldays for great prizes

Fieldays organisers are looking for new entrants into the Fieldays National Tractor Pull Competition and the Fieldays Wiremark & Cyclone Fencing Championships to celebrate 40 years of the event.

Nicole Foster, Communications Advisor for Fieldays, says that these two competitions take routine farm tasks and showcase them to Fieldays’ over 120,000 visitors with substantial cash and product prizes up for grabs. “The Fieldays National Tractor Pull competition is one of the most watched attractions at the event,” she says. “The fencing area also draws a crowd throughout the day to see top quality fencers compete for the best quality fence against the clock.”

The Fieldays Wiremark & Cyclone Fencing Championships have been a feature at Fieldays since its beginning at Te Rapa Racecourse. For this 40th event, the Silver Spades (doubles) competition will face the challenge of fencing without the assistance of modern powertools. The Golden Pliers (singles) competition will use the latest technology, graphically illustrating the progress made in tools over the years. “There are cash prizes up for grabs in addition to trophies and product packs in all classes,” says Foster. “5,000 (the cash prize awarded to the Golden Pliers winner) will buy a lot of fencing equipment and farm supplies, with plenty left over for something a little more indulgent as well.”

Not to be left behind, the Fieldays National Tractor Pull competition boasts plenty of improvements for 2008 as well. The track has been redesigned, viewing areas improved and additional exhibitor sites added into the area. Following a successful launch in 2007, the Weight Transfer Class will

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return, where competitors pull an increasing weight as far as they can. Organisers have looked
abroad to expand the competition, this year introducing the Farm Stock class. “This new class will
encourage farmers and younger entrants to have a go,” says Foster. “Tractors in the standard Farm Stock class are two wheel drive with no modifications with a Farm Stock Sports class allowing modification to the injector, injector pump and turbo. The Farm Stock class is popular in Europe and we look forward to seeing equal interest in New Zealand.” The Supermodified Tractors will also return to rumble the Fieldays site and thrill crowds.

Full details and information for the Fieldays National Tractor Pull competition and the Fieldays Wiremark & Cyclone Fencing Championships are available from the Fieldays website, www.fieldays.co.nz or by phoning the Fieldays office on 07 843 4499. Entries for both competitions close Friday 30 May 2008 with competition taking place during Fieldays, 11-14 June 2008.

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