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Welcome one and all to the June edition of Agfest Antics.

Howdy all! A rather quiet month here at Agfest compared to the last few we have had, the Agfest Committee have been busy submitting their wrap up reports detailing how their area went for this year’s field days, as well as ideas, and suggestions for future events.


Quercus is now looking somewhat normal again with the majority of the site packed up and cleaned ready to be hired again. We will have a working bee in the coming weeks to tidy up our compound getting everything back in order for a stocktake and some maintenance.

Our Agfest Annual Meeting will be held on Friday 23 July, where a new committee will be voted in ready for our 40th anniversary of Agfest. Following our Annual Meeting, the Saturday and Sunday will be our annual brainstorming weekend. We discuss everything from how the event went to where we can improve, we incorporate feedback from exhibitors, patrons, suppliers, contractors and from our volunteers and members.

This is most likely my final Antics report as Chairman for 2021, it has been a pleasure updating you on Agfest and how the Committee are tracking each month, I am extremely proud of my 2021 Committee and their achievements.

Well, that’s it from me and I will see you all on the streets of Agfest in 2022.


Ethan Williams
Agfest 2021 Chairman

Brief description of your Committee role: I worked alongside Amanda (Traffic Coordinator) to manage the site signage, road signage and assist with traffic management.

Share a snapshot of your Agfest/Rural Youth history: I am a relatively new member, I only joined approximately 2.5 years ago. I have been involved in the 2019, 2020 (RIP) and 2021 Agfests. 

Why did you decide to join Rural Youth? I had visited Agfest every year since I was a kid and thought that one day, I might like to be involved in it. However, I became busy with uni and did not give joining much further thought, until I met Ethan and Jake Williams in 2018. They encouraged me to sign up and attend one of the Agfest meetings. The first meeting I attended really gave me an awareness of the amount of organisation that goes into Agfest. It seemed interesting and rewarding to be involved in this process, so I decided to give it a go and see how I found it. Within a few working bees I was hooked and decided to stick around! 

What are the key skills you have gained from your involvement in Agfest? Rather than specific skills, I would say that Agfest has allowed me to gain valuable experience in ways that neither my ordinary work, nor university could. This is most evident in the trust that the executive/organisation places in the members to undertake roles for which they have minimal experience. For example, I previously had very little traffic management experience, however, I was given the responsibility to work alongside Amanda to ensure compliant, safe, and effective traffic flow. This type of opportunity, where you are trusted to perform your role in your own way, is very valuable to me and is not available in most careers. I do not think there is any other comparable organisation that allows for this level of opportunity to exist, at the same time as being able to make new friends and participate in fun social events. 

Describe the most hilarious moment so far of your involvement in the field days: During my role in driving the water cart in 2019, Selena sent me completely across the site, multiple times, for fake deliveries. After believing that I had the site numbers wrong for about half an hour, I confronted her in the site office where she burst into laughter. Luckily, I found it funny, but I still owe her one for that.

Three words that best describe you: Tall, bearded, and sarcastic.

Share a description of any other jobs/voluntary positions you hold: I work for my family business as a project manager. Once COVID settles down I will probably have a go at FIFO engineering work. 

Describe the three activities you love to do on the weekend: Sleep, catch up with friends, and eat good food.

Favourite movie: Normally Star Wars, but after a few beers any Disney movie is great.

Favourite food: Medium-rare steak!

Favourite book: The repair manual for my Hilux.

If you could invite any three people to join you for a dinner party, who would they be: A good chef, a winemaker, and a butler.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be: I would want everyone to just get along with each other.

The Ag Artwear Competition has become a popular feature at Agfest.

Judges comments from this year's entrants included very cute, well thought out, well assembled and a superb use of farm materials. Congratulations to all our competitors.

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View more of the gallery here

Congratulations to the winners of our final event competition!

  • John Dynan

  • Alyssa Mahar

  • Miriam Grist

  • Lexie Stewart

  • Vanessa Bate

And a massive thank you to Woolworths for supplying a $100 Wish Gift Card for each of the winners!

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P. (03) 6331 6154


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