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‘Sports that built the nation’ were on show over the 11-12 March 2017 as the third Hilux New Zealand Rural Games hit the North Island, hosted in Palmerston North.
The games celebrate pure heartland New Zealand over two days, featuring national and trans-Tasman championships for traditional sports including wood chopping, speed shearing and speed fencing alongside fun participation contests such as olive stone spitting, gumboot throwing and cowpat tossing.
As well as offering spectators the opportunity to watch world-class athletes do their thing, the games are all about participation with a host of ‘have a go’ events. This is your chance to challenge your mates at speed hand milking, haystacking or egg throwing and catching. There are special events for under-12s in Kids ‘n Country as well as live entertainment and local food and drink.
The Running of the Wools on was held Friday the 10th March 2017 (the day before the Games). One thousand sheep were herded through downtown Feilding on Manchester Street from the sale yards to the clock tower. Before the sheep were let loose, there was a whole bunch of action with the 'Wool Fadge Relay' and the 'Mitre 10 Man & Mutt Race'.
See some highlights from the 2017 Hilux Rural Games. Including wood chopping, gumboot throwing, haystacking, speed shearing, speed milking and more.
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