Dark clouds looming, but Agfest set to shine

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Make sure you have your gumboots and blunnies ready if you are attending Agfest this week.

The Bureau of Meterology (BoM) has forecast rain for the Carrick area on all three days of the agricultural festival, with its first day to be hit the worst.

Tasmania has recorded rainfall totals between 50mm – 100mm in the past week, and the wet weather is set to continue in the lead up to Agfest. 

This has come as a welcome relief to the state, which recorded severe rainfall deficiencies in the past 11 months, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Farmers spoke to the ABC only last week about the effects the months of drought have had on their crops and livestock, and how the lack of rain has highly impacted the state's farming community.

Recent rainfalls about the state have greatly assisted farmers in the North and North-West, and it is hoped that continued rain throughout the week will help farmers state-wide.

It also means patrons can expect the grounds to be more than a little wet underfoot when heading to Agfest this week.

Agfest Committee member Ms Bree House said that she believes the weather will not deter patrons from attending Agfest.

“It is not unusual for there to be some rain during the event, and we hope that Agfest will still attract strong numbers regardless of the weather,” she said.

For those worried that events such as the popular Equine Expo may be cancelled due to the bad weather, there is no need to fear.

“It is unlikely that demonstrations will be cancelled all together. The equine arena has been resurfaced this year to make it safe in even the worst conditions.

“In the event that it is deemed too dangerous to continue events will be rescheduled where possible.” 

The weather is set to reach a maximum of 18 degrees across the three days, slightly above average for this time of year. However, Ms House warned that patrons should be prepared for all seasons.

“Layer up and make sure you have a waterproof layer on top. Wear waterproof boots to make your visit is as comfortable as possible, and a beanie and gloves will also help keep you warm.”