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Applications will open for the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition on 30 January 2022.

The 2022 event will be held on the 26 and 27th May.

On day one, eight finalists will be tested on a range of theoretical and practical modules and will have 25 minutes to complete the tasks to the best of their ability.

Contestants will also participate in the Bostocks Hortisports event – a series of fun horticultural challenges.

The Hurford Parker Tug of War Challenge is the last event for the day and is open to all businesses. To download the Tug of War Entry Form click here.

The following evening a formal Awards Dinner is held at the Toitoi Arts & Events Centre, where contestants participate in a speech competition and the overall winner announced. Ticket sales close on 20 May.

The Hawke’s Bay competition is one of six regional heats. The winners of the regional heats continue on to the New Zealand Young Fruit Grower final and then contest for the Young Grower of the Year title and their share of $12,000 worth of prizes.