The gates officially opened for Fieldays 2021 for the first time today since June 2019, and the Fieldays city is buzzing.
After two years since the last Fieldays event, it’s great to see so many people streaming through the site. The weather is holding up, and glimpses of sunshine have brought in the crowds deciding to come for the first day of the iconic New Zealand event.
There was a dawn ceremony this morning, a monumental occasion celebrating all corners of the primary sector coming together after two years to reconnect. New Zealand National Fieldays Society President, James Allen, Forestry and Tourism Minister Hon Stuart Nash, and Kiingi Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero Tuawhitu cut the ribbon to formally open the event, signifying the beginning of a four-day tribute to the best of New Zealand agriculture. The flag raising commenced as visitors walked through the gates, keen to get back to the event.
As you enter, grab your free Fieldays Explorer Band at the gate so you can connect with your favourite exhibitors, claim giveaways, and enter competitions – all with a tap of your band. Plus, by activating their Explorer Band with their details, visitors have the chance to drive home in the new Isuzu D-Max LS Double Cab thanks to Isuzu Utes New Zealand. For extra entries into the Isuzu D-Max draw, scan your Explorer Band at Isuzu’s site, and return your band as you exit at the end of the day.
To best navigate the 1,000 exhibitors spread across 47 hectares of the Fieldays site (that’s 29 times the size of Eden Park’s main field) download the official Fieldays app. Locate exhibitors of interest, things to do, and essential services on the map and show the best route to their destination.
Head riverside to catch all the action with the Tractor Pull, Fieldays Fencing Competitions, and the Civil Contractors New Zealand Excavator Competition being held in the same location. Catch the Tractor Pull heats Wednesday through until Friday, followed by the finals on Saturday morning. Finalists for the Fieldays Fencing Competitions, by New Zealand Fencing Competitions, will compete from Wednesday to Friday in an impressive test of endurance. Kicking off on Friday, the Civil Contractors New Zealand Excavator Competition competitors will showcase great skill and precision completing tasks that are out of the ordinary!
The Health and Wellbeing Hub is the place to go to check on your best farming asset – you. There are free check-ups galore, from hearing checks, blood sugar level testing, and hepatitis C testing, to skin cancer spot checks, blood pressure checks, atrial fibrillation checks, and confidential mental health support. If you are healthy, you can keep your farm healthy.
If you’re keen to get your finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the agricultural sector, the Fieldays Innovation Hub is the place to be. A robotic harvester, plant-based meat alternative, and machine learning to monitor stock are just a snippet of the Innovation Award entries on display. The brand-new Hub design will allow you to tangibly experience the phases of innovation lifecycle represented by the three award categories: Prototype, Early Stage, and Growth & Scale. Stay tuned tomorrow to discover who has taken home the trophies this year.
Fieldays Online is back for 2021 too, where exhibitors’ sites and deals are hosted virtually, and an engaging mix of topical content is streaming live on Fieldays TV. In 2020, Fieldays Online attracted 90,455 total digital visitors, with attendees from over 75 countries. Considering Fieldays Online won a Bronze Award in the Virtual Expo category at the Global Eventex Awards, it’s worth a visit!
Live content will be filmed in the Fieldays TV glass studio located on the Village Green, with a view of the dynamic and lively surroundings of exhibitors and crowds passing through the site. Watch Fieldays TV on the big screen at the Village Green or tune in on demand when you’re putting your feet up after a long day of walking around site.