Best of ag

Organisers Rural Youth Tasmania say Agfest is a showcase of Tasmania’s vital rural heartbeat.

Event. Agfest is a day out, an opportunity to check out all there is on offer in the world of agriculture, for some it is tradition.

The three day event showcases all things ‘ag’ plus more. Now in its 34th year, head along to be one of 60,000 patrons to experience the field days, where more than 750 exhibitors will display the latest and greatest.

See 60 of the best Tasmanian sheep dogs in action, or watch as the crafty get making in an artwear competition using materials found on the farm. Transport yourself back in time with the selection of vintage machinery from the wool and timber industries.

ABC Local radio will broadcast live every day, while 7mate TV show Stihl Timbersports will return to Agfest for the first four rounds of the 2017 Australian Championship.

Lucky local Tracey John is set to experience Agfest like never before.

The Smithton local has won the Ultimate Agfest Experience valued at $500, which includes a helicopter ride for four, $200 in vouchers to spend at the event plus a $100 food voucher.

Tracey will journal the day to share with readers in an upcoming edition of the Chronicle.

Agfest is organised and managed by Rural Youth Tasmania, a non-profit organisation whose members are aged between 15 and 30. Each year the committee chooses a charity to support, this year it is the Leukaemia Foundation.

The event is held on May 4 to 6 (Thursday to Saturday), open 8am to 5pm daily.

Gate entry prices are $25 for adults, $15 for children aged five to 15, and free for children four and under.

For patrons 18 and over, there is a voting station at the event to ensure you cast your vote for the Legislative Council Election on Saturday May 6.

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