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

Hello all, Caine Evans here - the newly elected Agfest Chairman for 2022. Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing Chairman Ethan Williams and his team for their hard work which brought us back to the paddock in 2021.


In Ethan’s time, he oversaw the first-ever cancellation in our 40-year history, a huge low point for Rural Youth and the Agfest team. But also, and more positively, Ethan oversaw the creation of the ‘Cloud’ that went live in 2020. This saw over 1 million visits to the site over the two weeks while it was on offer. It’s not the last you have seen of Ethan - as he helps fill the ranks in the Agfest committee. Personally, I can’t wait to build a great event in 2022 with him by my side.
Over the coming weeks, I am pleased to share the new leadership team with you all for our 2022 Agfest Field Days Event. There are some familiar faces, but also some fresh new ones too. So, keep an eye on the Antics over the coming months as they will be introduced.
Heading back into the paddock after the 2020 cancellation gave us many challenges and hurdles leading up to the field days. We learnt correct practices and procedures on how to and how to not do things, since COVID-19 pushed the boundaries.

I believe this has equipped the committee to streamline the 2022 event and make the exhibitor and patron experience just that bit better in these uncertain times.
We have some exciting new changes coming for the 2022 event which has filled the committee with a newfound vigour as we steam away from the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m pleased to say the event will be held over four days from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 May with the Cloud to follow - just like in 2021. The committee also moved to change the opening and closing time to 8am until 4pm, this is to help our exhibitors operate more efficiently with the event. With so many new things coming in 2022 keep your eyes peeled through the Antics.   
I’m pleased to be taking the reins of this great event in 2022 as we kick toward those 4 days in May. I look forward to meeting you all. I urge you to come and enjoy what’s on offer and see the best of what Tasmania’s Rural Youth can deliver.


Caine Evans
Agfest 2022 Chairman

Brief description of your Committee role: My role is to support all the wonderful volunteers and help the Chairman with tasks, as necessary. I will monitor the morale, health and wellbeing of the volunteers during the event to ensure everyone is kept safe and having fun!

Share a snapshot of your Agfest/Rural Youth history: I joined RY in December 2018. In 2019 I attended Agfest as a general volunteer up in the Equine Expo. For 2020/2021 I was the Equine Exhibitor Co-ordinator alongside Georgia Pearce. I was also the North Motton President for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021! 

Why did you decide to join Rural Youth? I am a farm girl through and through, and I was searching for like-minded people. I now wish I had joined earlier but am making up for lost time! I was so intrigued by not only Agfest but also the community work performed by clubs around the state. 

What are the key skills you have gained from your involvement in Agfest? I have been fortunate to gain many great leadership and communication skills through a Cert IV and through the committee roles along with my UTV and Traffic Management certificates. 

Describe the most hilarious moment so far of your involvement in the field days: There are way too many to choose just one! A recent one was when Georgia and I were skipping down Main Street after the event had finished on the Saturday night and we jumped and clipped heels at the exact same moment. Something you could never do again if we tried!

Three words that best describe you: Passionate, stubborn, and ambitious.

Share a description of any other jobs/voluntary positions you hold: I am on the board of the Community Bank at Port Sorell and involved with the NW Dressage Zone. I was on five committees at one stage but glad to have dropped off a couple of these to focus on my new role as Vice Chairman! 

Describe the three activities you love to do on the weekend: Compete in dressage with my horse Dave, go riding on the road bikes with my mates and family or head down to Kettering to see my partner, Owen!

Favourite movie: Dukes of Hazard 2005.

Favourite food: Garlic bread.

Favourite book: Anything Rachael Treasure or country romance.

If you could invite any three people to join you for a dinner party, who would they be? Charlotte Dujardin, John C. May and Laura Wilson.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? For it to be a kinder and more accepting world where we could live without comparing ourselves.


We are very excited to notify you, our initial plan for this year’s field days will include four days, Wednesday 4 May – Saturday 7 May 2022. 



Our online Cloud event will run again this year for the third time. This has helped our event in more ways than one with people being able to stay connected and involved in our agricultural field days, no matter where they are! Launching from 12 noon Saturday 7 May until 5pm Friday 13 May.



We are excited to announce this year we have new patron hours from 8am – 4pm. The Craft and Business & Lifestyle pavilions will be back in a new layout to encourage safer traffic flow; and the new Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) feature which is located in the main pavilion on South Street incorporating vendors, careers expo, paddock to plate experience and refreshment centre. 


This year our exhibitor applications will open from the 1 October until 1 December. Don’t forget to get in early! We encourage all Tasmanian businesses to apply for a site at the 40th anniversary of the field days. Being an exhibitor gives businesses the opportunity to put their brand in the spotlight and increase face-to-face connection and engagement with customers. For more information please visit our website.

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new Leadership Team for 2022.

Chairman - Caine Evans
Vice Chairman - Caitlin Radford
Exhibitor Manager - David Lucas
RY Member - Alex Robins

Operations Manager - Callum Forbes
Security - Owen Woolley
Features - Georgia Pearce
Communication & Engagement - Liam King

We are excited to announce Andrea O’Halloran, an Agronomist from Hillwood Berry Farm has been crowned the 2021 Nutrien Ag Solutions Young Farmer of the Year!  The annual competition is organised by Rural Youth Tasmania.

Andrea said: “It was incredibly surprising! It’s an honour to have won such a fantastic competition! I feel privileged to have made first place!”

Twelve contestants participated in the final which was held on Saturday at Quercus Park, Carrick. Ten modules were completed during the day, covering everything from Biosecurity through to Farm Safety. During the presentation dinner, the top six completed a general quiz and took part in an impromptu public speaking module.  This was judged by the Honourable Guy Barnett MP, MVC Mayor Wayne Johnston and John Hosken, Regional Manager, Nutrien Water Tasmania.

The competition was tight, with few points separating contestants. Following Andrea were:

  • Second place: Caitlin Radford

  • Third place: Dylan Bellchambers

  • Fourth place: Stuart Cresswell

  • Fifth place: Owen Woolley

  • Sixth place: Josh Mison

All contestants were pleased the event was back as the 2020 event was another casualty of the pandemic.

Rural Youth Tasmania State President, Jake Williams said “It was a difficult decision to cancel last year’s event. We appreciate the continuing support of our sponsors and competitors, without them, we would not have been back this year”.

Second-placed Caitlin Radford echoed these comments and added “It’s a great event with all the different modules that they offer. By participating you know you will always learn new skills and get to connect with like-minded people”.

Rural Youth Tasmania is extremely grateful to our wonderful sponsors for supporting the competition and the young Tasmanians competing in what are challenging times for all. In addition to Nutrien Ag Solutions we want to acknowledge:

  • Agricultural Contractors of Tasmania

  • Allgoods

  • GA Power Tools – Prokut

  • Meander Valley Council

  • Polaris Australia

  • Primary Employers Tasmania

  • Proskill Australia

  • 26TEN

Along with many other prizes, Andrea drives away in a brand-new Polaris Ranger 500 valued at $13,995. The total prize pool was in excess of $45,000 this year.

More information about the competition contact Rural Youth Tasmania on (03) 6331 6154.

Rural Youth Office

A. 62 York Street Launceston, TAS 7250 
M. PO Box 322 Launceston, TAS 7250

P. (03) 6331 6154


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