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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
News Friday, May 11, 2012 Tasmanian Country 15 Agfest: Planning starts for next year KAROLIN MacGREGOR WAY TO GO: Cooper Rowe, 3, was towed around the site in his Tonka truck by mum Vicki Rowe. Pictures: ROSS MARSDEN WELL CAUGHT: Cricket great Glenn McGrath tosses an apple. MARTIN McCONNON WHEEL DREAMS: Big boy's toys and gumboots were all the fashion MEMBERS of the Rural Youth Agfest committee are celebrating this week after once again successfully running the state's biggest rural event. Crowd numbers were up slightly compared with last year, with 61,529 people going through the gates over the three-day event, despite a soggy start. Now in its 30th year, Agfest is a must- see event for many Tasmanians and attracts interstate visitors every year. Agfest committee chairman Kylie Burns said they were pleased with how this year's event ran, despite some challenges due to the wet conditions. ''The weather has been kinder to us over the last couple of days, which was a relief, and the roads and tracks have held up pretty well con- sidering the con- ditions,'' Ms Burns said. There were about 150 volunteers on site over the three days looking after everything from ticket sales through to re-stocking toilet paper. Operations manager Martin McCon- non said many people did not realise how much work was done behind the scenes of the event to ensure both exhibitors and patrons had everything they needed at Agfest. ''It is a lot of work, and once it's over you sort of miss it and think -- what am I going to do now?'' he said. ''We'll have about four-week break and then it will all start again. There's To pages 16-17 COWGIRLS: Hannah Matthews, Ellie Vanderheide and Phoebe Divona, all 15, from Launceston POT OF GOLD: A rainbow stretches over the Agfest tent city.
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