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Hi there, the festive season is now upon us and it’s a good time to give thanks and reset for the coming new year.


The Agfest Committee met last week for the final time in 2021 for our annual Christmas party. It was time to let our hair down and enjoy each other’s company and strengthen the bond that holds us together.

It’s no mean feat to plan Agfest, and in recent months, factors out of our control without question have put a huge strain on the wonderful young volunteers that make up the Agfest Committee. The decision to postpone Agfest 2022 until August has resulted in a passionate and unfortunately at times negative response. We are living in uncertain times with borders reopening and COVID-19 making a return into the Tasmanian community. Not to mention the new Omicron variant.

Delivering the best field day we can for our patrons, exhibitors, and event stakeholders is an absolute priority. As is ensuring the health and wellbeing of Rural Youth members and past members that volunteer their time to organise and run the event. This has prompted the Agfest and Rural Youth Leadership to hold a one-day Rural Alive and Well (RAW) Workshop to help further build resilience and reassure the committee that what they are doing is right for the organisation going forward. We are proud to partner with RAW and we are all looking forward to the workshop.

In early December, the committee announced that we will be partnering with the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) to provide a two-week earlier ticket release to farmers and those who are members of the TFGA. Being a farmer myself, I understand what Agfest means to the farming sector and how it sits within the farming community. We hope this gives farmers more of an opportunity to attend Agfest as we tried to please all parties in the sector but given the huge diversity within the industry we knew this was not achievable. I think we have made the right balance between stakeholders, what is currently doable under public health guidelines and the logistics of putting on such a large event.

With exhibitors’ applications resuming from the 1st of February, and with 300 existing exhibitors having already submitted their applications from the 1st application session, we are both confident and excited for our 40th year. From agricultural equipment, school junior cattle paraders, 4WD demo, heritage displays and so much more, Agfest 2022 will be jam-packed!

I speak for the committee in wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we can’t wait to get back planning to Agfest 2022.


Caine Evans

Agfest 2022 Chairman

Welcome to December! Although I am quite keen to see the back of 2021, I am also incredibly proud of what the Agfest and Rural Youth Team achieved in May!


It was so incredibly exciting to be back in the paddock – Agfest 2021 remains one of, if not the, largest free-flowing event held in Tasmania this year!
It was an incredibly difficult decision to move the event to August 2022, but we remain convinced it provides us with the best opportunity to deliver a financially viable and safe event for all our stakeholders and the community at large. Whilst we acknowledge the impact on all involved, we are incredibly appreciative of the support we have received from many directly involved with the event. Rest assured everyone is committed to delivering an amazing event in 2022, which will also be our 40th anniversary! Please keep your eye on social media and also Antics in the coming months as we update you on preparations!
In closing, I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year!! Enjoy and stay safe!!

Karen Robinson

Rural Youth CEO

Brief description of your Committee role: Hosting schools from around the state, who showcase their livestock across the field days and compete for the Livestock Cup.

Share a snapshot of your Agfest/Rural Youth history: I have been involved with Rural Youth for almost three years, in that time I have been quite involved at a club level and took on the Vice President role this year. From an Agfest point of view, 2021 saw me attend my first Agfest, where I was the livestock and animal handling assistant.

Why did you decide to join Rural Youth? I wanted to have more to do within the agriculture sector and bugged mum for months to let me join once I turned 15.

What are the key skills you have gained from your involvement in Agfest? I have learnt lots of new skills, gained so many friendships and created my own little Rural Youth family.

Describe the most hilarious moment so far of your involvement in the field days: All the volunteers dancing along Main Street once gates close for patrons on the last day of the event.

Three words that best describe you: Ambitious, determined and caring.

Share a description of any other jobs/voluntary positions you hold: Tamar Club Vice President, where I organise club events and keep everyone up to date with Rural Youth information.

Describe the three activities you love to do on the weekend: Adventuring, steer riding and spending time at the farm.

Favourite movie: The Grinch

Favourite food: Apricot chicken

Favourite book: Tractor manuals

If you could invite any three people to join you for a dinner party, who would they be? JB Mauney, Dale Brisley and The Grinch.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Broader appreciation for agriculture.

Hello everyone, since the wrap up of Agfest 2021 it has been all go at Quercus Park to get the site turned around and ready to go for the next event.


Over winter we saw wet and very windy conditions playing havoc on site but as the site does, it bounces back better than ever. During the three winter months the site recorded 226mm of rain and for spring we recorded 189mm of rain so with that we have had some major growth around the property.

Quercus Park is also undergoing some asset upgrades and new installs to make the park flow better and see that the current infrastructure will continue to provide the services it has for so many years. Working alongside the Rural Youth volunteers we have been hard at work on-site and behind the scenes in various groups to make sure we can comfortably achieve the tasks at hand and deliver a great site for all site hirers to enjoy.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I will see you all in 2022.


Jade Hall


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