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The Contest Where Everyone’s a Winner

The search is on for The National Bank Young Farmer of the Year 2004. Entries are now open for the 36th year of competition, which boasts a generous range of prizes with a new look sponsor line-up. The National Bank Young Farmer Contest for 2004 is shaping up to be a year to remember.

Competitions begin in Ashburton in December with a further 25 District Finals then held during January and February throughout the country. Around 400 competitors are expected to line up in the first round District Finals in order to win a place in one of the seven Regional Finals held during March, April and May. The winners of each of these Regional Finals will compete in the 2004 televised Grand Final in Invercargill from the 8-10 July for a prize package worth over $150,000 and the coveted title of The National Bank Young Farmer of the Year.

Contestants will compete in a series of practical farming tasks, interviews, agricultural and general knowledge questions and the exciting Agrisport farming marathon.

Robert Kempthorne, the 2003 Grand Final winner, considers his recent Grand Final victory as one part of the ‘awesome’ experience of being a contestant. “It took me five years of competing to win the top prize, which has been a truly amazing experience and the culmination of a lot of hard work”, says Robert. “The skills, friends and memories I’ve gained along the way are invaluable, not to mention the great prizes”.

And the prizes are second to none, as Contest Manager Richard Fitzgerald explains “This year’s prize package is worth $350,000, fifty thousand dollars more than last year and sets the scene for a great year of Contest events”,

“By working closely with all our sponsors, we have been able to put together a prize package that is more generous than ever before at all levels of the competition. By simply entering the Contest, every District contestant will receive over $110 worth of Swanndri clothing while at the other end of the scale, the Grand Final winner will receive over $105,000 in prizes”.

Included in the prize package for contestants to win are a Ford Courier Ute, Honda motorbikes and ATV safety training course, clothing from Swanndri Ravensdown fertiliser, Echo chainsaws and generous cash rewards from The National Bank.

In addition to these great prizes, Lincoln University will again be providing seven scholarships to District Finalists who can further their education, and prize sponsor AGMARDT, will award a scholarship to attend the International Executive Immersion Programme for leadership training in agribusiness.

“The National Bank Young Farmer Contest is delighted to be offering this unprecedented prize package. Not only will the contestants receive a ‘leg up’

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