Farmers challenged to turn junk into art

Published: Fri 6 Apr 2018 09:30 AM
6TH April 2018
Farmers challenged to turn junk into art for Manawatu festival
Young farmers will be armed with pliers, jig saws, drills, tail paint cans, and mini diggers in a contest with a difference this month.
Multiple teams will face-off against each other as part of the inaugural Kimbolton Sculpture Festival in northern Manawatu on April 28th.
“The event will pitch farmers against each other in 60-minute individual and team challenges,” said festival spokesman Tony Waugh.
“The aim is to be both quick and creative, with a $500 cash prize from NZ Young Farmers up for grabs.”
The festival’s designed to get farmers unleashing their creative flair.
“The Great Young Farmers Clubs ‘Art in Action’ Challenge, which starts at 10am, will be one of the highlights,” said Tony.
The main attraction of the festival is a new rural sculpture award, with entries being sought from across New Zealand.
“We’re asking farmers to sculptsomething from natural materials and anything they can upcycle from around a farm,” he said.
“It could be fence battens, machinery parts, bailing twine or old drench containers.”
An overall prize pool of $11,000 is on offer.
“Hopefully the prize money will inspire people to move a bit of gear around their sheds and get their creative juices flowing,” said Tony.
Entries close on April 25th. For more information visit
A photo of Tony and his grandson David can be found on this Google Drive:

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