33 Years Later and The Northland Field Days Are Bigger Than Ever!
The Northland Field Days started life in 1985, just down the road from where we are now at the Dargaville racecourse, as a project run by the Dargaville Jaycees, and regardless of the pouring rain, it was a roaring success with some 80 exhibitors.
In 1986 permanent power was added to 60 sites, which provided a welcome facility for exhibitors. After a period of economic downturn, 1990 had a huge increase in attendance of both exhibitors and visitors.
The increase has continued each year resulting in the event becoming the largest in Northland and the second largest agricultural event of its type in New Zealand.
Over time we have evolved, becoming an incorporated society, registered with NZ Charities Commission and annually we make provision to provide community grants for scholarships, research etc aimed at reinvesting back into the rural sector. While the event eventually outgrew the Dargaville Jaycees, the entire event is still organised by a group of volunteers, supported by one staff member in the office. Wherever possible non-profit volunteer community groups are invited to be part of the event which has become a major source of fundraising for some of these groups.
In 2006 the land where the Northland Field Days is held now, was purchased by the society, and is now home to the Annual Event. In 2009, with much appreciated help from the neighbouring properties, the road was sealed to help keep the dust down and making it a smoother journey into the site.