Field days bigger than ever

by Anonymous Author

Heading into their second event at their new home in Kirwee this week, the South Island Agricultural Field Days is thriving and growing.

The SIAFD features side-by-side demonstrations, with up to 100 tractors, headers, mowers, seed drills and other machines being put through their paces each day.

The SIAFD has been running every second year since 1951 and attracts between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors during the course of three days.

In 2015 SIAFD held its first field days at the site it purchased off Courtenay Road, Kirwee.

“When we moved to Kirwee we purchased 40ha, which allowed us to accommodate up to 450 exhibitors.

Now we have purchased an additional 40ha of land adjacent to our site,” SIAFD committee member Daniel Schat said. 

“While we will not occupy the entire 80ha at the 2017 Field Days, we will have more exhibitors and a bigger demonstration space than last time.”

Daniel Schat said the SIAFD is a true community event.

“A group of dedicated volunteers organise and run the field days, and community groups provide many of the services like parking, catering and cleanup, that make them function smoothly.”