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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
2 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 27, 2012 2012 It comes together for Agfest 30 YEARS: Agfest marks its 30th anniversary this year as an enterprise which supports rural youth. By KYLIE BURNS Agfest chairman THIS year sees Agfest cel- ebrate 30 successful years. It is hard to believe that in 1983, Agfest Field Days were started at Symmons Plains Race Track to fund the Rural Youth Organisation of Tas- mania after government fund- ing ceased. The first Agfest Field Day attracted 9000 patrons and 111 exhibitors over two days. Af- ter being run for two years at Symmons Plains it was de- cided that Rural Youth would buy a 80.9ha property, now known as Quercus Rural Youth Park, now the home of Agfest. Agfest now every year at- tracts about 60,000 patrons and over 700 exhibitors over three days --- from Tasmania and interstate. This year, we will have many new attractions, includ- ing some international prod- ucts. We have something for everyone and we are often referred to as a ''one-stop- shop''. Where else in Tasmania can you walk around a paddock viewing the fabulous exhibits on display, as well as catching up with friends, enjoying the day out for $15 for adults and $3 for children? Agfest specialises in agricul- ture, aquaculture, lifestyle and leisure and craft industries. This year is also the Aust- ralian Year of the Farmer and Agfest is proud to support this year-long celebration. The Australian Year of the Farmer Roadshow will be present to entertain and edu- cate those living in both rural and urban areas about the importance of the Australian farmer and farming industry. The agricultural demon- stration area has been re- developed this year and will showcase some of the latest agricultural machinery across the three days. Some of our many other attractions this year will in- clude the Rural Youth feature display, the Home Exhibition pavilion, Peter Brock mem- orial four-wheel-drive track, the fine food pavilion, Equine Expo, central arena, Coles family picnic area, dairy fea- ture and the four craft pav- ilions. Agfest is a unique event, given that it is run purely by about 120 volunteers from the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania who are aged be- tween 15 and 30. Additional support is provided by past Rural Youth members who come along to offer a helping hand. Agfest promotes community support and involvement; with community groups each year tendering for jobs such as pre-paid ticket collection at the entry points to Agfest. We also insist that all static site caterers are community groups; this allows all facets of the local community the op- portunity to benefit from Ag- fest. It is an event that provides benefits to the agricultural community and tourism in- dustry, as well as allowing for swift personal growth and leadership training for those involved. In addition, Agfest contrib- utes about $25 million to the Tasmanian economy. The success of the event makes it a major tourism drawcard, with many exhibi- tors and patrons attracted from interstate and overseas. All this is achieved from an event that is totally self-funded and which allows for ad- ditional benefits to flow through to the Rural Financial Counselling Service and the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania. I would like to thank all the committee members, volun- teers, patrons, exhibitors, ser- vice providers and community groups in advance for their involvement with Agfest 2012. R MAY 3 - MAY 5 QUERCUS RURAL YOUTH PARK, CARRICK 2012 RATING 30 YEE rin dn X ox hse770uppliedbyTeXroSopTamaia Printed on a Xerox Phaser 7750 supplied by TheXerox Shop Tasmania MAY3-MAY5QU YOUTH PARK, 20 uji Xerox Printers Get your personalis front page available a Tasmanian site 402 - 410 Fourth Ave (next to Central Arena) Get your face on the front page for only... SPECIAL OFFER E EEELE LL BR ed t n Country for erox Shop Tasmania & Fu Surprise Mum with a special Mother s Day Agfest momento The Complete Hydraulic Solution www.southcott.com.au 100% Australian Owned Since 1886 Our Devonport branch has state of the art facilities for hydraulic equipment sales, manufacture and repair Contact us for your local distributor Ph 6427 0908 • P D Hydraulics (Launceston) • Setori Engineering (Queenstown) • Ace Diesel (Hobart) • Hindsight Hose and Fittings (Devonport) • Suncoast Engineering (St Helens) Visit us at Agfest Site: 224 Second Ave Offering Local Service and National Support With a complete range of hydraulics, Gate Hose and Child Couplings and Components, designed specifically for all your needs. 2031377-120427 2033637-120427 Trevor Shipton 0428 142 041 Andrew Schmidt 0429 673 084 Col Buckby 0417 377 554 Office 6424 8166 SEE US AT AGFEST SITE 127 FIRST AVENUE WITH 0% FINANCE ON SELECTED TRACTORS
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