Key information

Location:
Manfeild, 59 South St, Feilding 4702

Opening Hours:
Visitor gates open at 9:00am each day and close at 4:30pm (4pm close on Saturday)

Event Dates:
Thursday 19th March 2020
Friday 20th March 2020
Saturday 21st March 2020

2018 event video

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about

Central Districts Field Days, is a unique agricultural event that attracts over 28,000 people to Feilding in the Manawatu in March for three days, to connect, discover and experience the future of New Zealand’s primary industries.

CD Field Days has been bringing Kiwi communities and industries together for the last 26 years. The event has grown from a collection of marquees to a significant

national event attracting exhibitors and attendees from across the country to the rural heartland of the North Island. From farmers and foodies to tech heads and townies New Zealand's largest regional field days has something for everyone. The event showcases, cutting edge machinery and equipment, the latest developments in rural innovation, thrilling FXM shows, lifestyle stalls, top notch regional food and local brews. Score yourself a heap of special deals exclusive to the event and have the chance to yarn with sellers and exhibitors. It’s a great time to stock up plus there’s fun and freebies for the whole family.

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history

CD Field Days is gearing up for its 27th event. Now well-established and the largest regional field days in New Zealand, its roots stretch back to 1993 when it was introduced by Don Eade as an annual event. If you visited Central Districts Field Days during any one of its 26 years you’re bound to find that a number of things don’t change:

Its location at Manfeild, compelling a transformation from paddock to a mini town over a matter of days

  • Its location at Manfeild, compelling a transformation from paddock to a mini town over a matter of days

  • The presence of farm machinery and tractors, hallmarks of the industry and the people who come to see them

  • The thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors, united in their passion for a thriving agricultural community


Equally, there are many ways you can see how the three-day event has grown up over time. Central Districts Field Days sales manager Cheryl Riddell explains how it started with 230 sites occupied by exhibitors, and has now grown to more than 600. The appetite from businesses to be a part of the event has only increased as word spread about the success others were having.

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This opportunity hasn’t gone unnoticed, with other events springing up to make the most of the ground swell in the region. Central Districts Field Days now rounds out NZ AgriFood Investment Week, which started in 2016, and follows the rural games which began in 2015. Central Districts Field Days consistently attracts around 28,000 visitors every year. Central Districts Field Days consistently attracts around 28,000 visitors every year. 

In addition to the usual crowd favorites such as, the National Excavator Operator Competition and the NZFC Central Districts Double Power fencing competition, in 2019, we welcomed Franklin Farm FMX crew, new mobile app technology, improved site layout and location for the Ag Pavilion, a new Premium food court and bar. In addition we also introduced a speaker series with Federated Farmers promoting innovative farming practises, and two careers pathway initiatives first, AgriQuest with Talent Central and second, CD Field Days played host to the AgTech Hackathon Finals with CEDA and the Factory.

Looking ahead, plans are already in motion for making the next Central Districts Field Days a success. For an event that requires an annual set up of everything from basic infrastructure like water and power, to erecting hundreds of sites over a matter of days, it must be worth it. From someone who has been around for 23 CD Field Days events, Cheryl says, “it is!”.

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