|SI Agricultural Field Days settles in well at Kirwee|
March this year saw the start of a new era in the history of the South Island Agricultural Field Days, with a move from its well-known customary site on Weedons-Ross Road, adjacent to Lincoln University, to a new venue on Courtney Road, Kirwee.
“It was a big shift but a successful one, with plenty of positive feedback,” says Lincoln University Conference and Events staff member Nicky Burgess, who is Secretary of the field days organisation. Nicky is also a Lincoln University alumna - BTM (Parks & Outdoor & Event Management) 2010. The move resulted from the event outgrowing the former leased property, and the University needing it for an expansion of research farm activities.
The new 40-hectare property at Kirwee worked well for an expanded event which drew an additional 200-plus exhibitors and a total attendance of over 27,500 across its three days, 25-27 March. The total number of exhibitors exceeded 550. “We now have room to grow in the future and the South Island Agricultural Field Days organisation has purchased the property for permanent on-going use as the field days site,” says Nicky. The Lincoln University Alumni & Development Office was represented at the event, sharing a stand with the University’s Lincoln-Telford Division and Schools Liaison staff.
Numerous alumni called by and enjoyed the hospitality of tea, coffee and cakes offered by Alumni and Development Office staff members. Among alumni who visited the stand was Elizabeth Prentice, who graduated Bachelor of Agriculture in 1979 and has pursued a career in teaching. Elizabeth taught agriculture at Tararua College, Pahiatua, for many years and is now Head of Agriculture at Waitaki Boys’ High School, Oamaru.