Exhibitor space at field days in demand

Exhibitor sites are being snapped up for the South Island Agricultural Field Days to be held in...
Exhibitor sites are being snapped up for the South Island Agricultural Field Days to be held in March. PHOTO: SOUTH ISLAND AGRICULTURAL FIELD DAYS
The 70th year of South Island Agricultural Field Days is shaping up to be one of the best events yet, organisers say.

Demand for exhibitor space is heading for a sellout at the event being held at Kirwee, near Christchurch, from March 24 to 26.

The committee has been busy allocating sites across the 17ha site, as well as the additional 10ha demonstration area, with exhibitors right across the agricultural sector lining up to showcase their businesses, products, services, innovations and opportunities.

The event will see more companies demonstrating their machinery than ever before, headlined by Claas and Norwood, grounds committee chairman Rodney Hadfield says.

"This is the place that farmers can come and see all the gear put through its paces before making a decision to purchase.

"Other big companies like Silver Fern Farms, PGG Wrightson, Farmlands, most of the vehicle and farm bike dealers, as well as the big banks will all be here."

It has been more than 12 months since the last big agricultural show in the region and organising committee chairwoman Michaela McLeod believed that had helped lead to renewed interest from exhibitors.

"Farmers and industry people love to come together and share their ideas, do business and look at ways to incorporate fresh ideas into their farming operation, and the South Island Field Days provides that perfect opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their developments and opportunities.

"It’s also very healthy to spend time away from your farming operation and we’re really delighted that we can be that platform for people to meet up and connect."

The event has moved to an online ticketing system for the first time.

"Farmers use technology every day in their farms and businesses and we need to keep up with technology ourselves, too," Ms McLeod said.

"We have a large site and by using technology we can send out exhibitor maps before the event starts, allowing the public to plan who and where they want to go when they arrive.

"Also, it’ll help us play our part in ensuring everyone’s safe around Covid-19."

Organisers have been working on an ATV demonstration course and incorporating a fencing competition, which will highlight some of the region’s most talented fencers.

"This is a way for other industries to showcase their talents to the public and prospective clients, too," Ms McLeod said.

For more information and to register a site visit www.siafd.co.nz.

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