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

Howdy all! Well, what an amazing month it has been since you last heard from me back in April (that feels like forever ago)!


Where do I start? Firstly, a massive congratulations to the Agfest Committee, volunteers and staff on delivering the field days back in the paddock and in the cloud in 2021. I am extremely proud to lead such an inspiring group of committed and dedicated volunteers through a COVID-19 affected world to pull off the largest and riskiest event in Tasmania since the global pandemic first hit. What an incredible achievement!

It also would not have been possible with the amazing help from the Tasmanian Government, and I sincerely thank our elected members for their ongoing support and commitment to Agfest.

To all our exhibitors, contractors and sponsors – a huge thank you to each and every one of you for your generosity and commitment to being part of our field days. It’s the small, medium and large businesses that come together to create the unique spirit of Agfest.

From bump in to bump out, most of our exhibitors and patrons understood and believed in our check in process with the Check in TAS app, our ticket system on event days and the additional crowd management requirements for social distancing. We certainly learned plenty along the way, especially when exhibitor traffic came to a stand still on the highway first thing Wednesday morning. After some slight adjustments to our internal traffic plan, we had it running like clockwork for the following three days.

We have received plenty of feedback from exhibitors and patrons on how well the four-day event went, as well as suggestions on where we can improve for following years. We are always open to discussion on how to make Agfest better, especially considering the new rules and regulations that all events are likely to be subjected to moving forward It’s a new “normal”, but we have proven that large-scale events can be delivered safely and compliantly.

We are already in discussions with the Public Health Department regarding patron numbers for 2022 so please rest assured that we will be working as hard as possible to achieve a large increase in ticket allocations for next year. The Agfest team will continue to update you as we move toward 1 October exhibitor applications opening for Agfest 2022.

Now, sitting at home after 14 days on site at Quercus, it’s time for us to catch our breath and reflect on what we achieved. In the next few weeks, we will have our wrap up Committee meeting and our Agfest dinner, so no rest for the wicked!

I have enjoyed every moment of Chairing Agfest for the past two years, developing new leadership, personal and professional skills. I encourage all young Tasmanians to join Rural Youth and be part of the fantastic team that delivers Agfest each year.

Well, that’s all from me. I hope you enjoyed Agfest back in the paddock and in the cloud just as much as I did.


Ethan Williams
Agfest 2021 Chairman

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Rural Youth Tasmania would like to congratulate Sarah Duffy on winning a trailer kindly donated by Sunrise Trailers at Agfest.


Sarah scanned the competition QR at the Rural Youth Tasmania site at this year’s event and was randomly selected from over 500 entries received.

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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