Field days organisers rapt event makes final

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The Southern Field Days at Waimumu is a finalist in the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZAEP) annual awards.
The field days has been named alongside some of the biggest events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as a finalist for best regional event.
Winners of the NZAEP awards will be named at a gala dinner at the Auckland Museum on August 4.
From humble beginnings, the Southern Field Days, near Gore, has transformed into the second-largest event of its kind in New Zealand, with 42,000 visitors.
One of the judges, Eventfinda chief executive James McGlinn, said the field days had produced great yearon-year improvements.
‘‘The event is an amazing commitment of volunteers — it is great to see a focus on improving issues and making a real difference,’’ Mr McGlinn said.
‘‘It has good community involvement, especially given the size and scale compared to the population,’’ he said.
NZAEP chief executive Vicki Watson said the quality of the entries for the awards was incredible.
‘‘Just to get to the finalist position is incredible in itself,’’ Ms Watson said.
The competition, in its third year, was extremely tough.
Entrants needed to complete a detailed application, she said.
The application asked for the details of strategies and objectives, engagement, execution, effectiveness and excellence.
Southern Field Days secretary Sharon Paterson said this was the first time the field days had entered the awards.
Mrs Paterson found out only on Sunday night the field days was one of four finalists.
‘‘I understand that they doubled the amount of entries this year,’’ Mrs Paterson said.
‘‘It’s kind of amazing for little old us. We’re pretty excited,’’ she said.