Smoother roads to Agfest

Pig farm­ers grab a big chance

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - KAROLIN MAC­GRE­GOR

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.

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