The 2024 Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the Year competition, Mount Maunganui

Applications are now open for the BOP Young Grower of the Year Competition. Registrations will close on May 31st at 5 pm.

The 2024 Bay of Plenty Young Grower competition aims to inspire and acknowledge the talents of young people employed in the fruit and vegetable sectors in the Bay of Plenty. We have some of the best fruit and vegetables in the country so it goes without saying that there are also a number of very talented young fruit and vegetable growers in the region. The competitors will arrive bright and early on the morning of the competition and progress through the different challenges which occur until early afternoon, then will have time to prepare for the gala dinner where they will participate in a speech competition in front of around 400 esteemed guests.

The winner of the 2024 competition will go home with $1,500 and will represent the Bay of Plenty at the National Young Grower of the Year competition. The winner will also receive a vehicle from Farmer Auto Village on a 3-month lease. The second place will receive $1,000 and the third place will receive $750. All competitors will have the opportunity to compete for the $2,500+GST Upskilling Scholarship. Each competitor will also have the opportunity to take advantage of free a public speaking course.

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