THE BOP YOUNG FRUIT GROWER
Join us in celebrating and profiling our future leaders
The BOPYFG Competition will once again be joining forces with the Te Puke A&P Show to deliver a fun-filled and challenging full day event on Saturday 10 February 2018. The second element of the competition, the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, will take place on Thursday 15 February 2018 at ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Organisers are pleased to confirm that comedian Ben Hurley has been confirmed as MC for the highly anticipated Gala dinner. Dinner includes a three course meal and welcome drink and tickets are $90 with tables of ten available to purchase.
After winning the Billy T Award in 2004, Ben set off for the UK where he honed his craft on the notoriously competitive comedy circuit there. Three years of gigging six nights a week, and often multiple shows in a night, saw Ben return home to New Zealand a seasoned performer with more experience than a lot of senior comedians. Having consistently performed shows at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival since choosing his path in comedy, 2008 saw Ben win The Fred Award for comedic excellence. Ben is widely recognized from his regular appearances on TV3’s 7Days, for which he is also Head Writer.
compete in the competition:
The organising committee are now on the hunt for talented young horticulturalists to take part in the event. There are many benefits to competing in the BOPFYG competition. Check out the 2018 Contestant Information flier here and download the entry form by clicking on the button below. Also, check out below what Erin Atkinson (2017's winner) had to say about her experience participating in the competition!
sponsor the competition:
Sponsors are now being sought for this exciting event and there are several sponsorship opportunities available for industry partners. For more information, download the 2018 Sponsorship Proposal by clicking on the button below.
Q and A's..
With 2017 BOPYFG winner Erin Atkinson
Tell us about your experience participating in the BOPYFG competition:
I thoroughly enjoyed competing in the BOPYFG, it was a great way to meet new people and challenge myself on various different levels. It helped to progress my public speaking skills and also challenged me in the practical areas. It was an all-round fun day and an amazing opportunity.
What do contestants get out of this event?
It's is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from our industry and share in a unique experience. It’s also a great way to build relationships within the industry while having some fun!
Why is this event important to the industry?
It highlights and showcases the talent we have in the industry, and it is a good way to challenge and grow our young fruit growers. It provides opportunities to help with further career development and is a great way to network.
What would you say to anyone that is considering entering this competition?
Give it a go, enjoy the experience and don't be disheartened if you don't place first time round. It's a great learning opportunity, have fun!