Northland Field Days Attendance Numbers Likely To Hit 26000 Mark: President

Northland Field Days Gate

An estimated 26000 people could turn up to the Northland Field Days at the beginning of March according Northland Field Days president Lew Duggan.

Mr Duggan predicted 20% more people to come than the year before due to better weather and economic conditions.

The previous record for people attending the field days was 24,000 in 2010.

With commodity prices being high and stable farmers were in a better position than they were 12 months ago.

“Last year Northland was in the middle of one of the region’s worst droughts,” said Mr Duggan. “This year we have had one of the best summers ever and prices for milk, meat and wool are staying high.”

According to Mr Duggan a good early season usually translates into a lot of people through the Northland Field Days gate.

“If the numbers increase and spending remains as high as last year then the event and exhibitors could be looking at the biggest event ever,” said Mr Duggan.

As well as expecting lots of entries for the $40,000 gate prize pool, organisers expected there to be an increase in the number of visitors from cities and towns at the event.

With more Auckland and Whangarei workers commuting from rural areas in the Kaipara and choosing to work from home the Northland Field Days has seen an increase in the number of urban visitors attending the field days.

With these changing demographics our event provides perfect opportunities for merging town and country and allowing further insight and understanding between our rural agriculture and urban sectors.

Organisers are confident there would be plenty of activities there for everybody to take part in as the committee had shaken up the layout and the planned events and demonstrations to make sure everybody was catered to.

“We’re known as being the ‘friendly field days’ and being friendly means being all-inclusive,” said Mr Duggan. “There will be something at the Northland Field Days for every single person, no matter their interest or circumstances.”

And, with a few sites still available there were chances for businesses and groups around New Zealand to claim a small slice of the Northland Field Days.

Held on March 1 – 3 in Dargaville the Northland Field Days is arguably the largest regional agricultural event in New Zealand.

2012 Northland Field Days To Have Tractor Fires And Jousting


There will be no shortage of action and excitement at the Northland Field Days this year as the fire service demonstrates why it’s so important to keep your tractor engine free of bird’s nests and Northland and Auckland riders get medieval on each other.

The Northland Fire service will be setting a tractor on fire twice a day at the Northland Field Days this year to teach farmers about the importance of checking in tractor hoods for birds nests.

Birds that build nests under unattended tractors frequently result in the loss of the tractor and other expensive farm equipment and Northland Fire Service Fire Safety Officer, Craig Bain, said it is important that farmers know how to take care of their machines and what will happen if they don’t.

The demonstration which will be held at 11am and 3pm each day and it will be a timely reminder for farmers given the later summer of 2012.

With Farmers Mutual Group, a major agricultural insurer, seeing a 13% increase in the number of tractor fires over the last two years and 15-20 tractor fires a year in Northland alone, Bain says tractor fires are one of their bigger problems in rural communities.

“We want to heighten the awareness around the fact that these things happen,” says Bain. “We want to give farmers tips on how they can circumvent it happening.”

Any farmer interested in learning more about the steps needed to prevent tractor fires should go to site 57 at the end of Total Span Alley up by the Tractor Pull Competition.

If your interest is a little more medieval, then perhaps you would like to head to the events arena where there will be a demonstration of jousting from 1pm-2pm Thursday & Friday. Saturday 10am-11am & 1.30pm -2pm. Events Arena is on Entrance Esplanade.

Whangarei-based knight, Vicky Subrtizky, and Pukekohe-based knight John King will joust in 13th century armor.

Subrtizky is looking forward to the event.

“It’s a good opportunity to have serious fun.”

Held on March 1-3 in Dargaville the Northland Field Days has a range of events and attractions for the whole family. From Doug the Digger to lawnmower racing, to the tractor pull, there is something for everybody at the Northland Field Days.

To learn more about what’s on at the field days this year go to Northlandfielddays.co.nz