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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011 Tasmanian Country 31 2011 TRADITION: Lesley Young bottles fruit at her Sassafras home. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Skills preserved for future Grandmothers whose original copies of the CWA cookbook are unreadable want a new one' JENNIFER CRAWLEY FROM little things big things grow. That is how CWA Tas- mania president Lesley Young describes the changes to Agfest over the years. The CWA has been a part of Agfest since it started at Symmons Plains, Ms Young said. ''We had a couple of members spinning wool,'' she said. She has seen Agfest grow and develop from two craft exhibi- tors sitting in a paddock to four big sheds crammed with craft. ''It's a really big field day and you need all day to see it,'' Ms Young said. She said the craft exhibition was now the perfect size. ''There's something at Agfest for everybody.'' She said Agfest craft was a perfect combination of Tasman- ian and mainland items. She said it was not widely known young people organised the event, some in their teens. ''My son started at Agfest when he was 16. Working on an event like this is character- building.'' A display celebrating the CWA's 75th anniversary in Tas- mania will be a highlight this year. The CWA's popular 21st birth- day cookbook, from 1957, will again be for sale. The recipe book sold out on the first day last year and more supplies had to be brought in. ''A lot of people relate to it. They got it as a wedding pres- ent, or grandmothers whose original copies are unreadable want a new one.'' The recipe book was written to raise funds for the organis- ation and to celebrate the its 21st birthday. It has recipes for beverages, biscuits and fruit bottling, cooking muttonbirds plus a separate section called Hints for Young Housewives. Ms Young was bottling pears at her Sassafras property last week. Bottled fruit, jams and chut- neys are for sale at CWA shops aroudn the state and CWA members can explain the finer points of preserving at Agfest. Ms Young said she spent many years watching her moth- er bottle and preserve. ''It's always something I've done,'' she said. A 15 Pavilion A From budget-cut salvation to $25 m boost to Tassie THE story of Agfest began in 1983, with the first event attracting 111 exhibitors and 9000 patrons. Agfest was established as a means of funding the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania after govern- ment budget cuts threaten- ed its existence. The idea for a field-day event was hatched after the success of a world ploughing competition held in Tasmania. Initially Agfest was held over two days at Symmons Plains on a leased site. By 1986 the event had grown so popular that a new site was required. The purchase of a 80ha block at Carrick saw the event move to its now permanent base Quercus Park in 1987. That year's event at- tracted 203 exhibitors and 23,000 patrons. Last year's Agfest boast- ed more than 600 exhibi- tors and 67,018 patrons -- record numbers that are expected to tumble this year. Agfest is a vital part of Rural Youth, not only for funding but also because its members take responsi- bilities in everything from marketing to traffic man- agement. Agfest is self-funded and contributes $25 million to the Tasmanian economy. Fence-Line End Assembly System Spring Grip Wire Strainers Agfest site 104 Utilising Stayblock & Staypoint Stronger, Faster, Fencing Built in tension gauge, won't slip, spring loaded jaws that stay on the wire Guaranteed the best on the market For more info visit: www.fencelinesolutions.com.au or get your free DVD Ph 1800 443 121 2064643-110429 2056647-110429 Potato and Grain Growers This is the most reliable and trouble-free bag sewing machine for all kinds of bags -- Jute, Paper and Plastic. You have seen the rest, now try the best Expert service and repairs to all makes and models. AGFEST SITE S 73 SOUTH STREET KAMEO TEXTILE ENGINEERING P/L 310 HODDLE ST, ABBOTSFORD PO Box 2777, Fitzroy MDC, Vic 3065 email: email@example.com www.kameo.com.au Ph 9417 1949 Fax 9417 3739 NEWLONG Portable & Heavy Duty BAG CLOSING MACHINES
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