Chairman's Welcome

Agfest 2017

 

Thank you for taking time to explore Agfest Field Days, Tasmania. We are proud of our event, and appreciative of all avenues that contribute towards the success each year.

We couldn’t be happier with the outcomes of Agfest 2016! With 58,285 people through the gates over the three days, and the weather holding out, we delivered a world class event. Many thanks to the patrons who visited us, to our 764 exhibitors who put on fantastic displays, to our services clubs and charities who helped, to our staff at the site office, but most of all, to our volunteers and Agfest committee members for all their hard work in the last 10 months leading up to Agfest 2016.

We are extremely grateful for the support of the community in running what has grown into one of the largest field days in Australia. We couldn’t do it without the appreciation and support from the Tasmanian community.

The Agfest Committee is committed to continual development; feedback from exhibitors and patrons is a valuable resource - all ideas are discussed and many are implemented, please forward your feedback to chairman@agfest.com.au or use the feedback form with in the website.

We are on the countdown to Agfest 2017 – keep updated via our Facebook page for details of this year’s event! Be sure to secure your tickets online so you can avoid lining up at the gates. ALSO, if purchased prior to April 14th you go in the draw to win the Ultimate Agfest Experience!

The continuation of our theme Growing Rural Tasmania introduced in 2016 captures the Committees vision of organising Agfest Field Days. As you wander throughout the event you will see that ‘Rural’ isn’t restricted to life on the farm – whether it’s through our livelihood, lifestyle or interest, the rural sector reaches each one of us in some way. Our purpose of running Agfest is to showcase our state’s agricultural industry, to encourage innovation and to provide a unique training ground for the rural leaders of tomorrow. 

As I head into my final months as Chairman of Agfest 2017, I am honoured to have such privilege to lead Tasmania's iconic rural event into the future with a great team, handing the event over to the newly elected leadership group in July 2017, providing our Organisation constant opportunity of development, new ideas and diversity. 

Agfest is run by young volunteers from Rural Youth Tasmania. I’d like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that has gone into making our event possible, and to recognize Rural Youth Tasmania’s commitment to giving young people many opportunities to have a go and become advocates within their field. 

I encourage you to visit the Rural Youth Tasmania Feature located on Main Road and Ninth Avenue - if aged between 15 - 30 years consider your opportunity in joining this fabulous organisation - I did when I was 16 and have had the adventure of a lifetime, the world of opportunities for professional development and lifelong friendships formed! You won't regret getting involved! 

I hope you enjoy walking the streets of Agfest 2017 – be sure to say hello, stop me for a chat and tell me about your Agfest experience – I’d love to hear from you! 

Kate Birch
CHAIRMAN - AGFEST 2016 & 2017