The words “Agfest” and “rain” seem to go together, but a look back at the past 10 years of field day events at Quercus Park shows rain has only been a factor in the past four years.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall data from the past 10 years shows no rainfall at Westwood Bridge (2.24km from Carrick) during Agfest events between 2007 and 2012, but rainfall every year since.
The 2013 event received almost 16mm of rain, 2014 had just over 8mm, 2015 0.4mm and 2016 received 5.8mm.
Rain is predicted for two of the three 2017 Agfest field days, but chairwoman Kate Birch said the weather did not change a thing as far as she was concerned.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s rain, hail or shine. About 80 per cent of the site is covered by marquees,” Ms Birch said.
“I suggest you wear gumboots, not high heels,” she said.
After a chilly start of three degrees on the first morning of Agfest, the sun is expected to shine on the crowds for the first day.
A top temperature of 16 degrees is predicted for Thursday.
The second day of Agfest will see a warmer start, with a low of five degrees, but there is also a chance of showers.
Up to 4mm of rain is predicted for Friday and a top of 15 degrees.
Once the final day of Agfest arrives, so do the rains and typical field days weather.
A 70 per cent chance of up to 5mm of rain is predicted for Saturday, with temperatures between nine and 17 degrees.
The Agfest committee and volunteers will be clearing up Quercus Park after the field days in three to 15 degrees.