Big field days boost expected

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The Gore district will get a huge boost when it hosts the Southern Field Days, Mataura Licensing Trust (MLT) chairman Horace McAuley says.
The Waimumu event, held every two years, is the second-largest of its kind in New Zealand.
Not only will the February 14-16 event provide a chance to showcase the region’s attractions, but there will also be a chance to reap the financial benefits attached to the event.
The MLT will benefit in the areas that relate to hospitality, as will many other businesses throughout the region.
The MLT would also have an outlet at the field days site, Mr McAuley said.
Visitors to the mammoth agricultural event were staying in accommodation as far afield as Invercargill, Winton and Balclutha.
“It’s certainly a boost to a very, very wide area,” he said.
There would also be a flow-on effect from the field days.
The community also benefited through the distribution of grants made by the MLT to community groups and individuals, he said.
Mr McAuley paid tribute to the field days organising committee, saying it did a tremendous job for the region.
The Te Tipua School Parent, Friends and Teacher Association will be co-ordinating homestays for visitors as a fundraiser for the school.
This would be the first year the field days committee had provided a parking area for self-contained motorhomes.
Association treasurer Kirsty Sprenger said the school had been organising homestays for out-of-town exhibitors for several years.
The organisation put out the call for families to host exhibitors and they were matched with people needing accommodation, Mrs Sprenger said.
“We’ve had some inquiries come back requesting the same hosts as last year,” she said.
So far the organisation had matched about 50 people with host families.
Mrs Sprenger said this year there were three houses available and there were still a few beds left.
“We’ve had fantastic support.”
The field days committee would also be donating the money made from campers staying at the motorhome site to the school.