It is my absolute pleasure to address you as the 2021 Agfest Chairman.
The 2021 Agfest field days will be the 38th consecutive event organised by passionate, resilient, determined and hard-working Rural Youth members.
Each year, these tireless volunteers work cooperatively together to organise Agfest, which has been declared one of the top three agricultural field days in Australia.
It’s a constant commitment, but one we wouldn’t change for the world.
Cancelling the 2020 event in the paddock due to COVID-19 was one of the hardest decisions we have ever made. However, we turned tragedy into triumph by moving Agfest from the paddock to the cloud. This was a mammoth effort and we truly appreciated the grant from the Tasmanian Government that enabled us to design, build and promote the innovative platform to a global audience.
We recorded more than one million page views as people from all around the world went online to support Agfest’s highly-valued exhibitors, contractors, suppliers and sponsors.
Despite the ongoing uncertain operating environment, the Agfest Committee has shown exceptional leadership and innovation to reshape Agfest 2021 and aim to again organise the event in the paddock, with a cloud component added on.
We understand how important Agfest is to so many businesses and to the Tasmanian economy. This is driving our decision, while also ensuring our number one priority remains the safety, health and wellbeing of the entire Agfest family.
When I take a moment to reflect on my Rural Youth history, it is quite remarkable that from my first meeting at North Motton in 2011 and my first Agfest experience in 2012, I knew that I wanted to one day be Chairman of Agfest.
Now, as the leader of such an inspiring Committee of young Tasmanians, I feel truly honoured to have the responsibility of organising an event that all Tasmanians should be proud of. The Leadership Team that works so closely with me are:
Our last Agfest in the Paddock attracted more than 700 exciting and diverse exhibits and 63,000 patrons. We will continue to build on our foundations of being agriculturally based and supporting Tasmanian businesses.
Agfest has taken great pride in supporting so many businesses, individuals, charities and the State’s economy over almost 40 years.
Now, we call on you to support us by signing up to exhibit, attend and / or sponsor the 2021 event so we can ensure a viable future for Rural Youth so the organisation can continue to develop the confidence, skills and capacity of Tasmania’s young leaders and deliver this incredible field days each year.
Stay safe and well.
Agfest Chairman 2021