Chairman's Wrap Up
Agfest, just like that and it’s over for another year!
All the hard work over the past 12 months was so worth it, after seeing how successful and smooth this year’s event ran. I can’t say how grateful and proud I am to have worked alongside so many dedicated and committed people, everyone’s dedication to our event is a testament to all as you are the reason the Agfest is the success it is!
Agfest was very successful again this year, from patron and exhibitor attendance to the weather being pretty much in our favour. An impressive 728 exhibitors were set up onsite this year, attracting 63,848 through the gates over the three days. There were so many amazing attractions and highlights to see and visit, it is a wonder they could all be seen in three days!
The lead up to Agfest happened so quickly and smoothly, with only a few small items to be fixed in days before gates opened. Life is so easy organising an event like this when there is such a large crew of committed volunteers helping set up and clean-up site, the comments people made to me over the days of the event of how well the site looks and how good the improvements were. It is great to hear that all our hard work is noticed and appreciated!
Even though Agfest is over now, the work hasn’t stopped, the few days after the event saw a group of members stay back till the Thursday to continue cleaning up before returning home for a well earnt break and work again on Monday. We followed this by having a working bee a couple weekends later once the marquee and wood chips contractors had a chance to pack up a bit more. It was another very well attended working bee and so many jobs were undertaken, it is amazing how much can get done in a day.
Coming up next for us in July, we have our annual brainstorming event. This a very important and strategic weekend for Agfest as this is where we look at what worked and what didn’t at this year’s event. This is where we plan how to improve for next year, plus what things we can bring or do for next year, along with address suggestions from the public and exhibitors for the benefit of the event.
I can’t say thank you enough to absolutely everyone for all your hard work and time devoted to this year’s event, your commitment is the reason our event was the success it is!
Owen Woolley - Agfest Chairman 2019