Multi-award winning Agfest has rolled around again and
locals and tourists alike will flock to Tasmania’s town of Carrick to
experience three jam-packed days of agricultural and industrial
demonstrations. The bustling country-themed event held just outside of
Launcestonkicks off on the 1st of May at 8am and makes for an exciting edition to anyone’s Tasmanian motorhome or campervan hire itinerary.
This year the Rural Youth committee has worked tirelessly to
provide everyone with a stellar show with plenty of activities to do
and demonstrations to see. With over 80, 000 visitors expected through
the door and 700 exhibitors in attendance, this year is touted to be
better than ever.
Foodies will enjoy the home-grown culinary experience in the
Unique Tastes Fine Foods Pavilion offering fine food and wine crafted
from the state’s best produce. The Dairy Feature Pavilion at the end of
Main Street will also be serving up the finest dairy products that
Tasmania has to offer. If arts and crafts are more your scene then
Aurora Craft Pavilions is the place to be with a total of three
pavilions selling unique crafts and jewellery ideal for Mother’s Day
Outside, the Sheep Dog Trials are a must for anyone
wandering around the grounds and run for the duration of the festival.
The Equine Expo is also a big draw for all ages and the new arena will
this year see a range of events, guest speakers and demonstrators.
Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney will be stopping by for a natural
horsemanship demonstration, heritage harness display and taster riding
lessons for those keen to learn the tricks of the trade.
Take some time out to peruse the fantastic entries in the Ag Art Wear Competition
where garments are constructed from recycling farm yard junk into
wearable fashion. The Cattle Tag Design is a must-see and will display
vibrant designs by children aged 3-4 and 5-7 years old. The Full Outfit
category offering a prize of $100 will see age groups 8-12, 13 – 16 and
17 – adult battling it out for the prize.
Agfest caters to all ages showcasing farm animals, engines,
sheds and tools and is a family-friendly event with baby feeding and
change facilities easily accessible onsite. The kids will love the
chance to get up close and personal with a range of farm animals, bikes,
trains and so much more. Working displays of Tasmania’s pioneer
agricultural industry will be on display including working blacksmiths,
unique draught horse demonstrations and free rides that will entertain
everyone in the family.
The usual favourites will also be in attendance including
the Peter Brock Memorial 4 Wheel Drive Track, agricultural displays,
sheep shearing,MyState Trades Expo, the Heritage Display and the
Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees.
With a myriad of activities to do and exhibitions to see,
Agfest provides a solid day of entertainment for anyone planning to
visit. Motorhomes and campervans are catered for at the event with
plenty of spacious parking to accommodate vehicles of all sizes. The
event is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 5 and students.
We’ll see you there!