Volunteers: The backbone of Agfest

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"The experience is great, the people you meet are awesome and it just fills you with this good feeling that you've achieved something amazing"

While we are all embracing the experience that is Agfest, there is a lot going on behind the scenes for Rural Youth volunteers.

Caine Evans is enjoying his first year at Agfest, working from 6am to 6pm with the Rural Youth feature tent, getting new members and letting the kids come in and look at the animals.

"Rural Youth puts on Agfest and not alot of people know that. All the state clubs come together and elect volunteers to the Agfest board, resulting in the agricultural festival we all know and love," he said.

The highlight of the whole experience is the people, he said.

"The friends you make, the team, and watching the happy patrons come in and enjoy themselves," he said.

Things went well this year, but we need more volunteers, he said.

Agfest personnel director Jacqui Hodgkinson is in her second year of volunteering. 

I make sure everyone is looked after and supply volunteers to the right people at the right times, she said.

"I'm in here by 5 o'clock in the morning and I'm one of the last people to bed at night," she said. "I don't leave here until everyone's off site which can be up to midnight."

She said Agfest is great "'if you like not sleeping and working all night".

"The people you meet are awesome and it just fills you with this good feeling that you've achieved something amazing".

Ms Hodgkinson's highlight is seeing people grow.

"We've got quite a few first year volunteers that have just gone above and beyond day after day and that's what I really love to see in a volunteer base," she said. "Agfest wouldn't cope without the volunteers, we are what make it happen and we just do it for the love of it."

"Rural Youth is like family. Agfest is our biggest event, but we also run agricultural shows and competitions. There's a whole other side to Rural Youth people just never see."