The prestigious ANZ Young Farmer Contest is again just around the corner. The past few months has seen over 60 local young farmer members from the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions battle it out at the district contests in an attempt to qualify for the Regional Young Farmer Contest to be held in Hamilton on February 16th. Only the top contestants from each district contest made it through to the Regional Final with a total of 7 contestants to compete to become the Waikato/Bay of Plenty representative at the ANZ Grand Final of the Young Farmer Contest.
The contestants for the 2013 Waikato/Bay of Plenty young farmers contest are Sophia Clark and Dwayne Cowin (a past regional finalist), both sheep and beef farmers from the North King Country club; James Bryan who is a fertiliser representative with Ravensdown and is a member of the Cambridge club; Tim van de Molen from the Hamilton city club who is a rural bank manager with ANZ and was the runner up at the grand final in 2011; James Courtman who is a dairy farmer from the Hauraki club; Josh Cozens also a dairy farmer from the Eastern Bay club; Wayne Hofmann (a past regional finalist) a dairy farmer from Waihi and James Booker and dairy farmer from the Ngarua club.
This year the contest has a theme of ‘bridging the rural-urban divide’ and is to be held at St Paul’s Collegiate, Chartwell, Hamilton; the home of one of the strongest TeenAg clubs in the region. It is a great opportunity for both the rural and urban folk to experience the excitement of the ANZ Young Farmer regional contest. The practical day is free for spectators and runs from 8:00am to 2pm and is a great day out for the entire family with entertaining modules planned that will challenge all the contestants. In addition to the modules the famous head-to-head and agrisports events will be held where the contestants compete in a race against each other to complete a series of activities.
In addition to the main event there is also a TeenAg contest (14-18 year olds) and the Agrikids (8-14 year olds) contest that runs alongside. This competition consists of a series of skills-based tasks, most with a farming flavour, where communication and teamwork also plays a vital role as the competitors compete in teams of two or three. The modules are designed to not only test their existing knowledge in a competitive format; they also teach the students about a diverse range of agricultural practices and the associated career opportunities.
Finally the TeenAg and Agrikids competitors will also compete in a race off, between the top 7 teams where they will be required to complete tasks as they race along a laneway against the other teams. The top 3 teams of both Agrikids and TAG advance to compete at Grand Final in Auckland
The evening show is an entertaining evening for the whole family and is great value for money with the earlybird tickets costing $50 (if purchased before the 1st February) which includes a 3 course buffet dinner and the show.
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