Grand Final tickets go on sale!

Posted by on 1 June 2010 | Comments

Tickets have gone on sale today (1st June) for The National Bank Young Farmer Contest Grand Final to be held in Gore in July.

The most visual of the Grand Final’s events is the public-oriented Practical Day which will be held at the Gore A&P Showgrounds and the live televised Evening Show at the new MLT Event Centre surrounded by a myriad of events for the contestants, their supporters, Young Farmers and the people of Southland and its neighbouring regions.

Tickets for the 2010 Grand Final Live Televised Show at the MLT Event Centre and the Celebration Ball which follows the Show at Gore Town and Country Club can be purchased through the Contest website ( or by phoning 0800 YF GRAND.

The 2010 Grand Final will be launched with a street event in Gore’s Main Street on Wednesday 7th July, which will include local AgriKidsNZ semi-final and the North Island versus South Island contestant race off.

The seven Grand Finalists have each won their respective Regional Finals to earn the right to compete for the Young Farmer Contest Champion title and the $102,000 worth of prizes that goes with it including a Hyundai Santa Fe, a Honda ATV, cash from The National Bank, Ravensdown products and services, outdoor power equipment from ECHO, Lincoln University and AGMARDT scholarships and Swanndri clothing.

They are Titoki sheep and beef farmer James Donaldson representing the Northern Region; Otorohanga drystock farmer and consultant Sam Williams representing Waikato/Bay of Plenty; Woodville sheep, beef and dairy farmer Angus Brown from East Coast Region; Rongotea sharemilker Chris Will representing Taranaki/Manawatu; Oamaru consultant and farmer Grant McNaughton from the Tasman Region; Fairlie sheep and beef farmer Andrew Scott representing the Aorangi Region and Peter Gardyne from Gore who is a sheep, beef and arable farmer and  represents Otago/Southland. 

There will be a 7am start for the contestants on Thursday 8th with the Technical Day at the The Moth Restaurant and Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum where they will be tested in the theory section for the AGMARDT Agri-business Challenge and the Lincoln University Agri-growth Challenge (this is closed to the public). 

Later that evening the contestants will be required to deliver their speech which they will prepare during the day to an audience at the Heartland Hotel Croydon. Tickets can be purchased to this function through the Contest website. 

Friday 9th will see thousands of people gather at the Gore A&P Showgrounds to see the contestants battle it out in the Ravensdown Agri-skills Challenges which is the practical side of the Contest. There will be ongoing challenges for each contestant as well as the popular Hyundai Agri-sports Challenges which includes head to head challenges where they compete directly against each other on the same task and the race-against-the-clock Agrisports. 

That morning the AGMARDT Agri-business Breakfast will be held in the Gore Town and Country Club where topical farming issues are discussed with some high profile speakers. Tickets can be purchased through the Contest website. 

AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg - the primary and secondary school versions will also be held in conjunction with the practical challenges. NZ Young Farmer members will be in action in their annual tug of war regional rivalry challenge and fencing competition. It will be all action down at the Showgrounds with live demonstrations, trade displays and food vendors. 

But it will be at the MLT Event Centre where the 2010 Contest Champion will be unveiled before celebrations move to the formal ball at the Gore Town and Country Club.