Easy access to field days

by Mike Isle

Getting in and out of the 2019 South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) will be quick and easy for drivers arriving in Kirwee from any direction.

The field days take place from March 27 to 29 and is its third time at the expansive new site in Courtenay Road, Kirwee. The field days will open at 8am each day and will close at 5pm, and all routes into the event will be signposted for easy traffic flow.

Traffic coming from the south will turn into Telegraph Road before Burnham and then into Courtenay Road. Traffic coming from Christchurch and Darfield will head towards Kirwee and follow the signs to the site on Courtenay Road.

There are two vehicle entry-exit points into the event site. The site has been designed to minimise walking from the carpark to each of the four entrance gates. There is no separate exhibitors’ carpark, and no vehicles will be allowed on-site during the event.

With more than 600 exhibitors, SIAFD offers the farming public an opportunity to view the latest agricultural technology in practical working conditions and at static displays.

Organisers expect more than 30,000 visitors during the three days.

The main attraction of the field days is the machinery demonstrations.

The demonstrations will include grass, maize and fodder beet harvesting as well as cultivation and drilling.

SIAFD 2019 also sees the return of the lifestyle section, with nearly 100 exhibitors on hand displaying products of interest to the whole family.

Other special events at SIAFD include the Diesel Tune NZ Tractor Pull, NZFC fencing demonstrations and competitions and an all-new ATV/Side-by-Side off-road course to test out your new purchase.

Tickets are $20 a person a day with children younger than 16 admitted free. Dogs are not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs.