Rural bachelors wanted

The 2016 winner of the Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year was Paul Olsen, a potato and dry stock farmer from Opiki, south of Palmerston North.

Single blokes from rural New Zealand are in demand as the search for 2017 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year begins.

The rural bachelor competition is now in its seventh year and entries close at the end of March.

Eight finalists will be selected for the popular competition, which takes place during Fieldays at Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton in June.

Finalists have their farming skills, attitude and all-round charisma put to the test during a series of rural-themed challenges, including fencing, cooking, wood splitting, dog handling, and health and safety.

The winner walks away with a prize pack worth more than $20,000 along with the coveted Golden Gumboot trophy.

NZ National Fieldays Society CEO Peter Nation says the rural bachelor competition was a chance for agricultural blokes to showcase their farming skills and love of the industry.

“NZ Agricultural Fieldays is a premier international event that celebrates the best of our rural industry, and with Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year we are looking for someone genuine and hardworking, who personifies that passion and will be a great ambassador for both the competition and New Zealand farming.” 

The finalists will take part in daily challenges with the winner announced at the official prize-giving on Saturday, June 17. Two titles are up for grabs again, the Rural Bachelor of the Year and People's Choice Award.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday, March 31. For more information and to enter visit

-The Record.


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