Gearing Up for Field Days

Alun Bain and Deborah Parkinson — busy organising this years Northland Field Days in Dargaville

There’s a new face at the helm of the Northland Field Days.

This year’s event from March 3 to March 5, is under the day-to-day direction of sales and marketing co-ordinator, Alun Bain, who has taken over from former show secretary, Vanya Hamlin.

Alun will be assisted in the office with administration by Deborah Parkinson.

“Registrations for exhibitors are rolling in and we have a great programme of events lined up,” Mr Bain said.

“A new attraction this year will be the unlikely sport of lawn-mower racing.”

“It originated in America as a way for people to get into motorsport at an entry level, but the vehicles are a far cry from the humble lawn mower at home,” said Alun.

“They are stripped down and souped up — but of course there are certainly no blades. The races will be in the former cutting horse area, as they are unable to be here this year.”

There’s also a little more racing — the tractors will be back for this event this year, along with the show-jumping, sheepdog trials and all the country event favourites.

Behind the scenes, there has also been a change on the volunteer Northland Field Days Committee.

At the recent annual meeting, Lew Duggan was appointed as chairperson to replace outgoing chair of 17 years, Dave Phillips.

Committee spokesperson, Julie Geange, said Mr Phillips had resigned his position reluctantly for personal reasons, but will stay on as a committee member to ensure the transition is a smooth one.

“As Dave says ‘after such a long time the Field Days becomes a part of who you are’. It’s like having another child, watching it grow from humble beginnings to what it is now.’’

The committee members are Lew Duggan, Dave Phillips, Brian Jackson, Julie Geange, Colin Finlayson, Ned Stevens, Mark Nichols, John Withey, Jason Kena, Syd Pull, Andrew Boyce, Ernie Dawes, Anne Pull, Chrissie Robinson, Jim Rhynd, Sue Kernot, Craig Rowland, John Phillips and Colin White.

“The committee recognises that while they are volunteers themselves, without the help from other volunteer organisations, the Field Days could not function as well as it does,” Ms Geange said.

“And like all events of this type, any help is appreciated, so if you have a little or a lot of time on your hands and would like to be involved in what is one of Northland’s largest events, then give the Field Days office a call on 09 439 8998.”

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