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Local history . . . East Otago Field Days secretary Maria Barta with Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy at last year's East Otago Field Days. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

All is in readiness for this year’s East Otago Field Days.

First held last year, the agricultural event has grown in size and scope and as a result has been moved from its former home at the Palmerston showgrounds to the Palmerston saleyards.

The inaugural event attracted about 2000 people and more than 100 exhibitors.

This year, about 150 exhibitors will be on site. A small number of sites are still available.

East Otago Field Days chief executive Paul Much said the event, organised by the Palmerston and Waihemo A&P Association, would be bigger than last year.

“It’s coming together well. There’s’s been a lot of work done on it because we’ve gone to new grounds. There’s been a lot of ground preparation to achieve that and it’s looking tremendous.

“It’s a bigger event .. with more agricultural machinery, tractors and vehicles.”

What big ears you have . . . Australian visitor Bella Simon (7) feeds llamas at last year’s East Otago Field days. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

As well as the usual exhibitors and vehicles, other attractions include everything from magic shows to cooking demonstrations to fashion shows and kapa haka performances.

There will also be rural-themed activities such as fencing and sheep shearing demonstrations, among others.

Prime Minister Bill English, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Dunedin-based National list MP Michael Woodhouse have all been invited to the event but are yet to confirm.

Labour MP for Dunedin North David Clark will attend.

Mr Mutch said there was a “lot of diversity” in East Otago that complemented its strong agricultural sector, and the field days event played a significant role in that.

The East Otago Field Days take place on October 18 and 19.