Farm break in the country

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A knees up in the country with Te Radar at the helm is being planned in North Canterbury next Friday.
Farmers and partners are being urged to shed their work clothes and put on some casual gear for a night of socialising and entertainment in the Scargill-Waikari Valley on September 9.
Farm Break North Canterbury on Friday is aimed at providing a good old fashioned night out for country folk who will be bussed to the venue at Foxdown from several points across the region.
Venue owner Andy Fox says the whole community has swung in behind the event to ensure everyone has a great time.
‘‘There has been so many offers of help. It is really nice that the whole community is getting in behind it,’’ he says.
Te Radar is expected to add the finishing touch Farm Break to which around 300 people are expected to roll up to from 7.30pm to midnight.
Mr Fox says the evening comes as the region suffers from the ‘‘longest adverse event in New Zealand history’’ and the Hurunui Community Drought Response committee looks to continue to extend support to farmers and others hunkering down as the big dry continues to bite.
Farmers and their partners spent hours alone on their farms and often didn’t get the opportunity to go out and have a beer and socialise.
‘‘It isjust an evening where they can get out and have a chat with a neighbour and other friends, have a beer to two and a good laugh,’’ he says.
Mr Fox says it is a busy time on farm and the social evening provided a good opportunity for farmers to enjoy a well earned break for just $10, thanks to generous sponsorship and with that comes refreshments and supper.
Mr Fox says the venue, ‘‘a big shed’’ deep in heartland Hurunui, is a ‘‘little bit country’’ and normally home to a couple of classic cars.
However, it has been dressed up with a bit of ‘‘barbed wire, wine barrels and lanterns’’, to cater for a couple of weddings and a 21st in the past and will provide a great place to enjoy the company of farmers from throughout the district.
Tickets are available from North Canterbury Vets, Farmlands, 4 Square Hawarden and Waiau Hardware. Buses will leave from Cheviot, Amberley, Hawarden, Culverden and Waiau.
For more information ring Andy on (03) 314 3763 or visit Hurunui Community Drought Support on Facebook.