Vintage in the Village

Fieldays is looking forward to throwing open the agricultural doors of the past and welcoming visitors into the Heritage Village.

History enthusiasts can explore the National Dairy Museum, our new collection store and all of the buildings in the Village – church, hospital, jail, schoolhouse, garage and blacksmiths, as well as view a variety of working vintage tractors and stationary engines around the lake.

The Heritage Village is a favourite with families, and this year the kids (and adults) will have a great time with hands-on activities, puzzles and challenges throughout the buildings and guided tours with Victorian-costume actors.

For more grunt, don’t miss the regular engine demonstrations, tractor rides around the lake and the daily vintage tractor parade through Fieldays.

Take a break, have some lunch and learn the stories of innovation, ingenuity and rural heritage that have shaped who we are today.

The Heritage Village is located by the lake in the south-east corner of Fieldays.

NZ National Fieldays Society's Ag Heritage Village

Educating youth about their agricultural heritage is the focus of the Village, emphasised by the recently refurbished Barn, and NZNFS Heritage Co-ordinator Alan Reilly is putting together the pieces of the past for younger generations.

“The land that we live, work and farm on holds the stories of our history, and it’s these stories that shape who we are today, whether we realise it or not. Opening our heritage buildings during Fieldays will help us to share some of these stories with our community.”

Reilly wants to tell the stories in a way that will educate and encourage children to take a closer look at everyday items and think more about their history. “All these stories will soon be lost, which is why it’s so important to share and record them.”

“During Fieldays we’ll have hands on challenges, puzzles and ag heritage activities available in all of our heritage buildings.”

Signalling the Society’s commitment to the Heritage Village, the Barn received a facelift earlier this year and is now home to a collection of items that illuminate Waikato’s rural past. To help preserve the items for future generations, they are now stored in repurposed display cases.

The next project on the agenda is to create a space where people can record and share their own stories about the artefacts on display, eventually integrating these stories into the education experiences on offer.

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