New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays were held at Mystery Creek from Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th June 2001.
Ticket booth operators at New Zealand's biggest agricultural event have been running hot processing an extra 5,000 people through the gates. Fine weather and a strong agricultural economy are credited with booming numbers and strong sales. Fieldays General Manager Barry Quayle is delighted with the turnout for the four-day event.
"Early indications were that we would have a strong turn out after the Wednesday crowd was well over 23,000, Thursday we climbed to 30,000 and Friday, traditionally our biggest day, hit over 38,000 visitors. We needed over 24,500 to beat our last years total attendance of 116,695 for the four days and when we achieved 122,075 through the gates - we were delighted for our exhibitors".
More than 75% of the site space has aleady been sold for next year's Fieldays. Local accommodation is also strongly booked, with most motels filling the Fieldays week to capacity.
Te Awamutu was well represented at the "Waipa Country" site. The site, organised by Waipa District Council, Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce and Te Awamutu Visitor Information Centre, dealt with a steady stream of interested visitors over the four days.
Right: Visitor Information Centre manager Liz McNeill discusses the many virtues of our town to Pokuru farmer Owen Douglas.