Agfest Field Days
Posted on 31 March, 2021
The first Agfest 2021 marquees are about to be erected at Quercus Park as organisation for the annual field days – back in the paddock – hits fever pitch.
Hundreds of Rural Youth volunteers are spending weekends on site, marking out exhibitor areas, preparing roadways, cleaning facilities, cementing new pathways and tidying the boundary shelter belts in readiness for the first marquees to go up after Easter and gates opening on 5 May.
Agfest Chairman Ethan Williams said the volunteers were incredibly excited to be returning the field days to the paddock after COVID lockdowns forced the cancellation of Agfest at Quercus Park last year.
“We are talking about young Tasmanians aged 15-30 who are literally doing handstands as we again realise our dream of delivering this economy-enabling event for all Tasmanians,” Mr Williams said.
“While we were thrilled to offer Agfest in the Cloud last year, there is nothing like working together on fencing, roadways, amenities and other infrastructure so we are ready to welcome thousands of patrons to Quercus in 35 days.
“Our volunteers put in more than 10,000 hours to deliver Agfest each year, so it is a massive credit to each member that the event annually injects more than $25 million into the Tasmanian economy and is recognised as one of Australia’s top three field days.
More than 500 exhibitors will showcase their brands, services and products across the event, which will be run for four days at Quercus from 5 - 8 May, and from 8 – 15 May in the cloud.
A number of exciting new changes have been introduced to ensure Agfest can be run compliantly, safely and successfully, including a new site plan to reduce crowd hot spots, additional cleaning schedules, hand sanitiser stations and roving COVID Agents to ensure patrons are socially distanced.
Mr Williams said the other key changes are selling all tickets online to enable contact tracing and all patrons using the Check In Tas app on arrival.
“Agfest tickets are selling really strongly so we encourage everyone to go online to www.agfest.com.au as soon as possible as we are unable to sell tickets at the gate this year.
“The Agfest Committee is continuing to work with the Tasmanian Government in the hope that attendee numbers can be lifted from 10,000 per day to 15,000 per day to maximise economic activity for our exhibitors and ensure more Tasmanians can experience the Agfest magic.”