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Howdy, and welcome to the September edition of the Agfest Antics.

 

September is a busy time for the Agfest team as we look to launch the exhibitor applications for Agfest 2022 on 1 October. This is a massive undertaking by the exhibitor team and support staff, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Just think of the huge benefits to be gained by exhibiting at Agfest by unlocking potential new clientele and giving your business or organisation another form of exposure that only Agfest can offer. I encourage you to fill out an exhibitor application for your business and if successful it will be a pleasure to invite you to be part of Tasmania’s Premier Field Days. Remember applications close on 1 December 2021, so don’t miss out.

By the time this column gets to you the first official committee meeting for the 2022 event will have taken place alongside the Rural Youth AGM held on Saturday 18 September 2021. The committee is in full swing - already working tirelessly to keep the event alive and charting a course through all the COVID-19 restrictions. We are working with Tasmanian Public Health and our aim is to deliver an event with increased patron numbers each day, over four days. This will hopefully allow for much higher foot traffic to come through the gates over the event days.

Spring is in the air and our caretaker Jade along with the Agfest team are busy keeping Quercus Park in tip-top shape. Some of you may not know this but Quercus Park is a hireable site throughout the year with many amenities built on the site. If you have any questions about hiring the park, please contact our Rural Youth Head Office.

Moving forward, next month it will be exciting to see the committee ramp up another gear. Tenders for the event open, including our official charity, and of course, the exhibitor applications go live.

Cheers,

Caine Evans
Agfest 2022 Chairman

Location of company: Hobart.

Brief description of the group’s vision, membership and goals: MAST was formed in 1997 to ensure the safe operation of vessels, provide and manage marine facilities and manage environmental issues related to vessels. With changes to the National Law covering commercial vessels in 2017, MAST has a focus on recreational boating concerning the safety of the boating public and the upgrading of recreational boating facilities. MAST also run education programs throughout the state for adults and children and has a partnership with the Department of Education to conduct Boating Safety education in conjunction with their Swimming and Water Safety Program.

Number of years exhibited at Agfest: 20 years.

Why do you choose to exhibit at Agfest? Agfest gives MAST the ability to talk to a broad range of our stakeholders from all parts of the state. The advent of the Marine Precinct also gives the marine industry the opportunity to showcase the skills and products available to the Tasmanian boating public.

What three words would you use to describe Agfest? Informative, accessible, energetic

Describe your most memorable Agfest moment: Being able to engage with the Tasmanian boating public and the innovative marine industry.

What will your feature include for Agfest 2022? Boating safety with an emphasis on responsible boating, looking after your boat and making sure your safety equipment is in date and you know how to use it.

Describe your planned site for Agfest 2022, focusing on any new products/services/additions to your site: We are still working on 2022!

If you could deliver one message to the Rural Youth volunteers that organise Agfest, what would it be? Keep smiling! We enjoy the enthusiasm of the volunteers.

Brief description of your Committee role: As Features Manager it’s my role to find and book interesting acts to perform on-site, which might help draw crowds to Agfest. They can be features such as music, bands, woodcutting or this year we even had giant puppets! I also help oversee those in Central Arena, Equine, Livestock Expo and 4WD & Heritage to help them with their roles.

Share a snapshot of your Agfest/Rural Youth history: I started off being involved in Agfest by riding in the Equine demonstrations. Since then, I became a general volunteer, from there joined the Agfest committee by being the Equine Entertainment Coordinator for 2020 and 2021.

Why did you decide to join Rural Youth? A friend of mine told me it was fun and should join, I took her advice and haven’t looked back since! I found out that it’s not only fun, but also presented me with a lot of opportunities to learn and grow as a person.

What are the key skills you have gained from your involvement in Agfest? Working closely with a large group of people and gaining a greater understanding of what is involved in running such a large-scale event.

Describe the most hilarious moment so far of your involvement in the field days: There’s never a dull moment to be had at Quercus, I can’t think of just one!

Three words that best describe you: Friendly, positive, loves-to-sing.

Share a description of any other jobs/voluntary positions you hold: I work at Warehouse Traders, a huge pet shop where the longest standing employee is a 54yo cockatoo. I also sit and hold positions on four other horse related committees.

Describe the three activities you love to do on the weekend: You’ll mostly find me at a horse event on the weekends, but I love going camping and 4wding as well.

Location of company: 25/93 Salamanca Place, Hobart.

Brief description of the group’s vision, membership and goals: The Tasmanian Hospitality Association is the peak industry body for hotels, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, caterers, community, sporting and RSL clubs in Tasmania. The THA is a proactive body which always seeks to advocate for the hospitality sector, and ensure Tasmania has a viable and profitable hospitality industry both now and into the future. Informed by direct industry contact and member representation, the THA actively seeks to engage all levels of government to lobby on behalf of the sector and play a lead role in the formation of industry-relevant policies. The THA represents members which make up Tasmania’s third-largest industry and is at the cutting edge of promoting Tasmania’s quality food and beverage experiences to visitors and locals alike.

Number of years exhibited at Agfest: None – this is a magnificent opportunity.

Why do you choose to exhibit at Agfest? Agfest is an exciting opportunity to showcase our products and services and the amazing hospitality industry in Tasmania at one of Tasmania’s iconic events with a potential exposure to 70,000 visitors. The THA has mature programs and these complement our magnificent industry, and we are excited to showcase these to as many people as we can. Hospitality as a career is a great option – we need to get that message out further and further and where better to shout it out loud.

What three words would you use to describe Agfest? Iconic, huge, and Tasmanian.

Describe why you are most excited about being a part of Agfest for 2022: The opportunity to showcase our people and produce.

What will your feature include for Agfest 2022? The bar, local produce, fine products, inspiration for potential hospitality staff.

Describe your planned site for Agfest 2022, focusing on any new products/services/additions to your site: Still working this up but we will have events each day that will entertain and educate, we will have fine produce of food and beverages, and we will educate many about hospitality – it’s not the job you have on the way through, it’s a career.

If you could deliver one message to the Rural Youth Volunteers that organise Agfest, what would it be? Thank you for the opportunity, keep doing what you are doing.

We had some exciting things happen this month, not only is the weather starting to warm up, but we conducted Agfest inductions on Saturday 18 September 2021. This day was also the one committee meeting since our Agfest Annual Meeting.

 
We would like to thank all members who turned up to a fun-filled weekend at Quercus Park on Saturday. It was great to see so many people there bright and early. It was a big day ahead for the 2022 Agfest Committee and Leadership Team. The Chairman and Vice Chairman started the day by welcoming all newly elected committee members to collect their position manuals and equipment before everyone started the day with inductions.
 
The key focus of the day was to engage and connect Coordinators with their Leadership Team mentors. Once the groups broke off, inductions were underway. Each Leadership Team member went around and introduced themselves to everyone in the group, slowly making their way through all expectations within the role and timelines in the lead up to Agfest 2022. Before you knew it inductions were done, and we welcomed the Agfest Committee meeting at 9am.
 
We would like to congratulate Bridie Goodluck on being elected to the Equine Exhibitors Coordinator role. Jaxson Whitney – Assistant Back Ticket Box and Rory Eaton in Assistant Safety & Compliance after the weekend of putting forward their nomination forms, we are ecstatic to welcome aboard the 2022 Agfest Committee.

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