After a two-year break the Rural Bachelor of the Year competition has returned to the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
One of those supporting the reinstatement of the competition is a former winner, Dargaville's Mark Woodcock.
He challenges eligible Northlanders to give the contest a go.
He reckons anyone knowing of a good single Kiwi bloke who can drive a digger, reverse a trailer, chainsaw a tree and then rustle up a roast dinner should encourage him to enter.
For the first time the competition is going transtasman. As well as six Kiwi blokes the search is on for two Australians to join the contest.
Another new inclusion is the Amazing Race, where entrants will be flown to a secret location and have to make their own way to the Fieldays venue by 5pm the following day to take part in the rest of the competition.
Once at the Fieldays, the likely lads test their rural skills, No8 wire innovative attitude, all-roundness, charisma and character, over four days of competitive heats.
Mark won the event in 2008, earning himself the Golden Gumboot trophy, $5000, a holiday in the Cook Islands and various products and as it turns out, indirectly, a wife.
At the time he was farming on Pouto Peninsula. When a Woman's Day journalist came tapping on his door to do an interview, he was happy to oblige. Little did he know what was to follow when staff at the publication decided to match-make with their production editor. The rest is history. Mark and Debbie hit it off immediately and have been married for 15 months. They now milk 550 cows at Rotu, near Dargaville.
Entries for the competition are open, see www.fieldays.co.nz/ruralbachelor2013.