Smoother roads to Agfest
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Agfest is the biggest event yet for Oliver and Fiona Stocker of Langdale Farm, who will get the opportunity to wow tens of thousands of patrons with their home-made sausages at next month’s field days.
THE countdown to Tasmania’s biggest rural event is on, with less than one month to go until Agfest starts.
Preparations on site are now in full swing, meaning a busy few weeks ahead for the Agfest committee members.
This year’s event will be held on May 3-5 at Quercus Park in Carrick.
New Agfest chairman Owen Woolley said there had been a number of site improvements over the past few months.
Organisers Rural Youth engaged a contractor to grade the roadways and fix some areas of the site.
“Some of the main access roads needed work so we’ve had new gravel put down and it’s all been graded to get rid of the potholes,” he said.
There are more than 697 exhibitors lined up for this year’s event and Mr Woolley said there was also a waiting list.
Another major change patrons will notice is a second access point that has been added near the east carpark.
The new road leads in through to the horse arena and the craft sheds.
Mr Woolley said the aim of the new access was to increase patron flow through the equine area.
“Some of the main feedback we’d been getting from our equine exhibitors is they just weren’t getting as many people going through that area as we’d like,” he said.
“Now patrons coming out of the east car park will be able to turn right and head straight up through that area, so hopefully that will pay off for the equine exhibitors.”
Some changes in the craft sheds this year will also see more of a focus on Tasmanian made products.
Two of the sheds will be filled with exhibitors selling only locally made products.
Mr Woolley said with site marking now completed, the next step of preparations was constructing the first of the large marquees and exhibitor sheds.
“In another two weeks it’s going to be well and truly on,” he said.
“From now on most of the committee will be on site every weekend and it will come around pretty fast.”
This will be Mr Woolley’s eighth Agfest but his first as chairman.
“I’m enjoying it so far and things will start getting busy from now on,” he said.