Sun sets on Agfest

A BUMPER crowd of 23,911 kept exhibitors busy yesterday for the last day of Agfest 2014.

Trevor Cowen, of Colebrook, with his 1912, 5hp Trangie.

Trevor Cowen, of Colebrook, with his 1912, 5hp Trangie.

Chairwoman Amanda Bayles said that attendance for the three days was a little shy of 60,000 - 58,674 patrons pounded the Agfest's 10 kilometres of roads visiting its 760 sites.

With the average Agfest patron walking five kilometres in a day, this year's crowd clocked up a collective 293,370 kilometres between them.

``It was very packed, by 11am the car parks were well on their way to being full and by mid-day, the overflow car parks were in use,'' Ms Bayles said.

``It's always exciting when you have to open the overflow car parking.

``The SES volunteers did a great job of getting cars in and out over the three days of Agfest - a lot of people complimented them on how well traffic flowed in and out, they were really impressed with that.

``A lot of exhibitors were reporting a very good Agfest season, even given Friday's relatively low numbers.''

Ms Bayles said that about 100 Rural Youth volunteers had been on site during the event.

``There'll be about 30 or so Sunday night and that will have fallen to just a handful by Monday night,'' she said.

``Exhibitors start packing up as soon as the gates close on Saturday night and many have finished by Sunday evening.

``Once the exhibitors have left, the marquee companies come in and pack up all the marquees - how fast that goes depends a bit on the weather because they try to pack up when the marquees are dry.''

Ms Bayles said that Quercus Park should be ready to play host to the sheep that live there most of the year by early June.


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