May is coming and for most Tasmanians that means it's time to get ready for Agfest, if you are heading along for some field day fun make sure you check out our complete guide, including maps and stall holders so you can plan your day.
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The much-anticipated agriculture and machinery field day event runs for three days a year, but hardworking volunteers spend countless hours organising and preparing in the lead up.
The Agfest Committee is made up of about 60 volunteers who are members of Rural Youth Tasmania, a self -funded organisation that relies on profits from the event to continue its work.
More than just your average agricultural event, this field day expo delivers the perfect combination of product displays, live music and local food and drink.
Now in its 37th year, Agfest is recognised as one of Australia's top three field day events, and it's easy to see why.
Injecting millions of dollars into the local economy annually, the event offers the perfect (scenic) meeting ground for companies and organisations to connect with members of the public.
This successful style of direct marketing benefits not only business owners, but also customers, allowing both parties to foster stronger relationships that in turn strengthen the future of the Tasmanian agricultural industry.
There really is something for everyone at Agfest, whether you have never stepped foot on a farm or you live and breathe agriculture, we guarantee you will find something at Agfest 2019Agfest media and promotions manager Dylan Bellchambers
When asked about what makes the event so popular, Agfest media and promotions manager Dylan Bellchambers said their commitment to exhibiting Tasmanian businesses, in tandem with a dedication to bringing in what the state does not have to offer, had a lot to do with the event's appeal.
Run by Rural Youth Tasmania volunteers, the organisational model of the event also allows its managers to stay attuned to the wants of the local community.
As such, Agfest is a one-of-a-kind event that benefits the community on multiple levels.
"The organising of Agfest not only supports the agricultural community and Tasmania, it also provides a unique opportunity for swift personal growth and leadership training for the volunteers that run the event," Mr Bellchambers said.
"In addition, the profits from Agfest are reinvested into the event and enable the self-funding of Rural Youth Tasmania and its programs."
This year's event will welcome a host of new attractions, including the greatly anticipated Food Truck Park.
A first for the field days, this area will host ten food vans in a central location, offering everything from classic pies, burgers and chips to the finest culinary cuisine.
The debut of the truck shop spot in 2019 also marks 100 years of Mack Trucks in Australia, which will see Webster Trucks paying tribute to the trucking industry and the truck drivers that have helped to shape the nation.
The field day's standard attractions, including the MAST Boat Show, Beef Expo and Junior Livestock Handlers Competition, and Working Sheep Dog Trials are also set to return bigger and better, in particular the Woolworths Equine Expo.
"The ultimate equestrian experience keeps getting bigger," Mr Bellchambers said
"In 2019 it will feature a full program of exciting demonstrations, in particular the purpose-built arena will see International Show Jumper Deon Williams and Horsemanship master Adam Sutton wowing the crowds."
In 2019 the Junior Livestock Handlers are also set to return after a highly successful run in 2018, but this year the competition has grown to include dairy and sheep as well as beef cattle.
Patrons will be able to catch all the action at the TJM Tasmania Central Arena, where the participating junior livestock trainers will be showcasing their skills in both handling and judging classes.
"The revitalised Junior Farmer Challenge will put students' agriculture skills to the test," Mr Bellchambers said.
No matter who you are, Agfest is the event that offers a little something for everyone, from its incredible displays of machinery, to its live performances, and its impressive array of food and drink.
Agfest is the perfect opportunity to improve your land and support your local community, while having a great time with family and friends. It doesn't get much better than that.
"There really is something for everyone at Agfest, whether you have never stepped foot on a farm or you live and breathe agriculture, we guarantee you will find something at Agfest 2019," Mr Bellchambers said.
The program has been running for 37 years, and each year, tens of thousands of people continue to walk through the gates at Quercus Park.
Last year alone, 65,794, people attended across the three days and this year is expected to be even better with some positive changes to the usual program.
For more stories check out our 60 page Agfest publication here.
Where is it?
Agfest is held at Quercus Park at Carrick. Located about 20 kilometres from Launceston, the park is on about 80 hectares of farmland.
Tip: Search 'Agfest Field Days' in Google maps, instead of 'Quercus Park', and you'll be on your way to agriculture heaven.
When is it?
Agfest will be held from May 2 to 4. Gates are open from 8am to 5pm daily.
What should I see?
Working sheep dog trails - held at the eastern end of Main Street, behind Eleventh Avenue.
Beef Expo and Junior Cattle Handling - held behind the TJM Tasmania Central Arena, between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
Dairy Tas Legendairy Expo - held at the eastern end of Main Street.
How much are tickets?
At the gates
- Adults $25
- Seniors / Age Pension $20
- Children (5-17 inclusive) Children under 5 Free $5
Support person accompanying a Person with a disability presenting a Companion card is free entry.
Please note: Dogs are not permitted (disability dogs excluded)