Sponsored by the Rural Youth organisation of Tasmania
There are many reasons Tasmanians should be proud of Agfest.
Firstly, whether you are in the market for a new tractor, want to support local artisans, or simply have a great day out with live music and local food and drink, the biggest field day in Tasmania will hold your interest.
Secondly, there are very few field days in Australia that bring together more than 750 exhibitors and more than 60,000 visitors, all of which brings million of dollars into the local economy.
And not least is the fact that the whole thing is run by a volunteer committee of 15-30 year olds. The average age of the committee is just 24.
Media and Promotions Manager, Breeanna House said the 35-year-old event was so successful because the committee “has consistently produced a fantastic event that appeals to a broad audience.”
“We have stayed true to our core offering and remained relevant with small changes and new features every year,” she said.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing though. The weather has prompted the need for contingency plans and continual upgrades to the Carrick site including improved roads and drainage. Agfest also relies on Rural Youth volunteers aged 15-30 to run the event almost entirely. Managing time poor volunteers to run an event of this scale brings with it, its own set of challenges.
Still the event continues to grow and improve each year.
“At Agfest 2018 we have had a renewed approach to many of our key areas along with some significant site improvements,” Ms House said.
This includes the development of the Quercus Park Kennel Club and the expansion of the beefs expo with the addition of the Schools Junior Handlers Competition.
“There are some fantastic demonstrators in the equine area with free riding and cowboy dressage included this year.
Along with demonstrations from some of the states leading Rodeo, Eventing and dressage riders. In central arena we have some fantastic local bands- Goth Whitlam and Blackstone Jukes as well as the ever-popular bullocks
“There will be four craft pavilions this year with two dedicated to local Tasmanian made products. The fifth pavilion will have a greater focus on home wares lifestyle products.”
Other attractions that are unique to Agfest include the Ag Art Wear competition for school age students demonstrating outfits they have created themselves from materials found on a farm, and the opportunity to test products and services from interstate and overseas normally only available online.
Ms House said that even if you aren’t from the land, there is still plenty to see and do.
“If you are not involved in an agricultural industry it is a good place to come to learn about the industry and where your food and fibre comes from.
“There are also areas dedicated to car, boat and caravan sales, local craft, the Unique Tastes pavilion which showcases local food and drink providers, 4WD demos and heritage machinery displays.”
This year the AgFest is held on 3, 4, and 5 May. Discounted tickets are now available for presale online. Visit www.agfest.com.au
Sponsored by the Rural youth organisation of Tasmania