Fi­bre to the fore

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - ROGER HAN­SON

THE state’s big­gest ru­ral event is just weeks away and al­most 700 ex­hibitors are get­ting ready.

Held over three days at Car­rick in the state’s North, Agfest will once again feature all things ru­ral, from live­stock to big ma­chin­ery and craft items.

The field days at­tract a to­tal crowd of tens of thou­sands from the city and the coun­try.

Sala­manca Wool Shop looks likely to be among the most colour­ful ex­hibitors with its range of yarns and knit­ware.

Ch­eryl At­ten­bor­ough and her hus­band, Kim, will be look­ing af­ter the shop’s site in the craft pav­il­ions.

“There is noth­ing quite like wool. At the Sala­manca Wool Shop you will find wool in many forms, from raw fleece to com­mer­cial fab­ric that has been made into gar­ments.

“Be­cause of the range I of­ten say the shop has a split per­son­al­ity,” Mrs At­ten­bor­ough said.

“Walk­ing into the shop you are greeted with a sea of colour. The ques­tion is of­ten ‘where do I look’,” she said.

Mrs At­ten­bor­ough said when choos­ing what she buys for the shop she fol­lows some sim­ple guide­lines: the prod­uct must have at least 75 per cent wool or nat­u­ral fi­bres; she favours Tas­ma­nian-made over first Aus­tralian and New Zealand prod­ucts and over the rest of the world; the sup­plier must be eth­i­cal in how they con­duct their busi­ness; hand­made gar­ments or hand-spun yarn must be made by lo­cal fi­bre ar­ti­sans.

Agfest is run en­tirely by Ru­ral Youth vol­un­teers, who gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship skills from work­ing at the field days.

The field days also show­case Tas­ma­nian pro­duce with a wide range of food and bev­er­ages as well as a full daily line-up of en­ter­tain­ment and demon­stra­tions.

Visit www.agfest.com.au for de­tails.

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