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Tasmanias Field Days

21.02.2010

Category: Innovation News

As Agfest enters its 27th year, it continues to be one of the success stories of today’s youth. Organized and entirely run by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania Inc, Agfest started off at Symons Plains Raceway in 1983 where it attracted 100 exhibitors and 9000 patrons. From those humble beginnings at a hired venue to an event that boasts over 650 exhibitors from around Australia and over 65,000 patrons now held at Quercus Rural Youth Park – a 230 acre property owned by Rural Youth.

What brings people to Agfest each year is based on the introduction of constantly evolving new ideas and attractions. Exhibitors and Patrons are treated equally and all the Agfest Committee are volunteers. After each Agfest, the committee meets to discuss what needs to be changed to improve the event for the following year. Some of these improvements over the years have included building additional permanent toilet blocks, craft and food centre pavilions, additional roadways, upgrading of power and water supply, additional traffic lane to assist with traffic management and general site improvements.

For 2010, patrons can expect an excellent variety of static site displays, ranging from the latest in machinery and vehicles, fencing supplies and equipment, mowers and whipper snippers, plants and nursery supplies, irrigators and irrigation supplies, find wood and wine, Tasmanian and Australian craft and some of the best livestock seen in Australia. New to 2010 is the Equine Expo area, this includes an arena for equestrian demonstrations as well as industry groups exhibitors.

Add to this an action packed Central Arena display area which will have demonstrations of trail bike riding, farm safety, performing dogs, country music artists and emergency services displays, then you are guaranteed a full days entertainment.

Patrons wanting to purchase machinery can take the opportunity to see working at the Agricultural Demonstration area prior to completing their purchase. This has been a popular addition to Agfest for a number of years and agricultural machinery suppliers take full advantage of being able to demonstrate their machines.

The late Peter Brock was the Patron of Agfest for a number of years, and in 2007 the committee launched the “Peter Brock Memorial 4 Wheel Drive Track”. This is a demanding course and there are demonstrations taking place all day by qualified drivers in a variety of vehicles. Again, an excellent opportunity for people to view the vehicles they are thinking of buying.

Agfest will again host more than 100 craft exhibitors. There are a diverse range of items available for sale in the craft pavilions ranging from hand made jewellery to blown glass and clothing.

Fashion Parades will be on each of the three days of Agfest with 4 parades each day. The clothing is sourced from exhibitors at Agfest meaning patrons can go and purchase the items they see being modeled. All models are current or past Rural Youth members – again keeping Rural Youth involved at all levels of their event.

14 community groups will provide patrons and exhibitors with refreshments with caterers located all around the site. These groups include local Rotary, Lions and School groups and are another way the committee put money back into the community.

Agfest 2010 will be run at Quercus Rural Youth Park from the 6th – 8th May with gates opening 8 am – 5 pm each day. Quercus is located approximately 20 km North West of Launceston.

For further information contact 1300 AGFEST (243 378) or go to www.agfest.com.au


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