The largest rural sporting weekend in Australasia, the Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games, is set to take place this weekend.
The Square in Palmerston North is preparing to be transformed into an extravaganza of the Kiwi sports that helped build our nation. From wood chopping and shearing, through to fencing, speed tree climbing and highland heavies, this weekend is set to entertain the crowds.
Ford New Zealand Managing Director Simon Rutherford said he’s excited to be involved in his first Rural Games.
New Zealand Rural Games Trust Chair Margaret Kouvelis said the Games attract about 30,000 people and are now in their sixth year and are continuing to grow.
New Zealand Rural Games Founder Steve Hollander said he is super excited to bring a new format to the Games this year.
Highlights of this weekend include
The Ford Ranger Rural Games weekend will start on Friday 13 March with the Allflex Clash of the Colleges. About 180 agri-high school students from the Mid Central North Island will compete in teams of four across 22 modules – everything from milking a cow and plant washdown, to wool classing and body condition scoring, as well as paper-based modules that cover seeds, weeds and fertilisers.
That evening is the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards at Awapuni Racing Centre which celebrates rural sporting athletic achievements and celebrates the effort of coaches and administrators who run rural sports throughout New Zealand.