With the sun shining and rain staying clear, tens-of-thousands of people streamed through the Agfest gates for the final day on Saturday to witness everything from livestock handling to fashion shows, in what organisers have deemed another highly successful year
The 2019 event may not have broken record attendance figures, but it was all positives according to Agfest media and promotions manager Dylan Bellchambers.
"Look we had some fantastic weather today which has enabled some excellent crowd results," Mr Bellchambers said. "Though that number isn't a record, talking to exhibitors across the site today was very positive and they are very happy to attend ... that's why we have a wait list with over 250 exhibitors."
A total of 28,908 attended the final day of the event, taking the figure to 63,838 across the three-day event.
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Highlights across the day for Mr Bellchambers were the junior livestock handling competition and the equine area.
"All new this year was the food truck park," he added. "The addition of 10 food trucks to a central location, this sort of took away from the stress of the pavilions and well and truly added value, and were fully packed."
Overall though, it was delivering the event with a team of Rural Youth volunteers that took the top spot.
The central arena took hosted a show of a different kind at midday, with dozens of homemade outfits paraded for judges and the gathered crowds.
The Ag Artwear competition aimed to highlight the talent of young people from around the state, challenging them to create pieces of clothing using only what can be found on the farm.
Resulting garments included, but were certainly not limited to, coats and dresses made from items such as onion bags, bean bags and fencing.
The crucial role played by rural women in Tasmania's primary industries was also recognised on the day, with the awarding of two agricultural scholarships.
Rebekah Frankcombe, who has witnessed a reinvention of farming methods and continues to strive towards improving farming practices on a dairy and cropping farm near Wynyard, was the recipient of the 2019 Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Scholarship.
Chelsea Rayner received the 2019 Tas Alkaloid Scholarship. Ms Rayner was chosen on an enthusiasm which has seen her start a Simmental stud.
Both winners will develop their leadership, communications and planning skills at the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program in July.
At the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association tent, a new round of Landcare Action Grants were launched to assist landholders, community groups and individuals deliver works for sustainable agriculture and river care activities.
Facilitated by the TFGA and Landcare Tasmania, $1.8 million in grant money will be available over the next four years for projects between $1000 and $5000.
"It's really great to see this investment ... getting money onto the ground to achieve real outcomes," said TFGA president Marcus McShane.
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