Wanted: Rural bachelors to take on the Kiwis

APN NEWSDESKA POPULAR farming festival across the ditch is demanding Australia cough up its best "rural bachelors" as part of a hunt for "Australasian Rural Bachelor of the Year".

The New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays in June - which attracts more than 120,000 visitors - is running the contest for the first time since 2010.

Although a powerful opportunity to embrace trans-Tasman rivalries, just one Australian has so far entered the fray.

That Victorian entrant could be on to a good thing, with prizes of up to $20,000 up for grabs.

To earn it, the finalists will have to participate in an all-expenses-paid week of different challenges in Waikato with the hope of being given the People's Choice Award.

Bachelors will also be expected to impress in the Rural to Runway Gala Dinner and Awards Show

Aussie entrants have until this Friday to enter if they wish to quell a gentle mocking from our nearest neighbours.

"It seems the Aussies are running scared, resisting the urge to take on the Kiwis in a battle of smarts, strength and skill," a spokeswoman said.

The total prize is worth more than $20,000, including a $16,000 Suzuki quad bike.

Entrants must be over 18, male, single, employed in the rural sector and have no criminal record or pending court cases.

To enter, visit http://www.fieldays.co.nz by this Friday and be prepared to head to NZ for a June 10 start.

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