Invercargill has been selected to host the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year Competition 2018.
The prestigious rural competition is expected to attract 1000 contestants and supporters to the city to watch the seven regional finalists tested to the limits over a huge range of specialities, both physical to theoretical.
Conference Organiser Natasha Batt said that the ongoing relationship between Venture Southland and the ILT continues to be pivotal in securing conferences and events of this magnitude for the region.
“It was very satisfying to have the city confirmed as the venue for the 2018 competition. I have enjoyed working with the Southland Young Farmers Committee, they are a highly motivated and enthusiastic committee who are passionate about their profession and region.”
ILT Marketing and Sales Manager Chris Ramsay said the ILT are proud to have helped negotiate and secure another significant event for Invercargill.
“Any time you’re able to play host to a Young Farmer of the Year Awards is a great achievement, but to do so for the 50 th Anniversary of this iconic New Zealand event is a real coup for our great city.”
Southland Young Farmers Chair James Goodwin said that the competition will attract many followers from all over New Zealand to experience our great rural community and facilities that it has to offer.
“The ILT and Venture Southland have both joined our committee and they’ve been a huge help in the bid process to get the event held here in Invercargill!”
“We will be working alongside ILT and Venture Southland to make this the best young farmer’s competition yet.”
“The current tittle holder is Nigel Woodhead from Otago/Southland; it goes without saying that we will try our hardest to keep the title in the southern region!”
National Young Farmers committee member Steve Henderson said the committee is excited to work with the local community and businesses to host what will be an amazing week of fun and exciting times for the Otago/Southland Young Farmers.
“Otago/Southland has a huge following of young farmers within the region, including a number of National Young Farmers of The Year. We can’t wait to see who will be the 2018 national winner.
2018 Finals FMC Young Farmer of the Year Competition 5-7 July 2018
The Event will commence on the Thursday with an opening ceremony and street parade where members of the public can attend.
On the Friday there is a practical day which involves a full day of physical torture where the young farmers complete all manner of farm tasks. This day is also open to the public and is great family day out.
FMG Young Farmer of the Year Awards Evening will be held on the Saturday at the ILT Stadium Southland and being the 50th will attract over 1000 guests.