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Agfest back in the paddock


Agfest organisers have revealed a covid-safe plan for the state's yearly agricultural event.

Rural Youth Tasmania has announced the field days will be returning to Carrick in 2021 after shifting online for this year's event.

It's planned to run from May 5-8, with key changes moving forward including a four day format, rather than three, all tickets will be pre-sold online to enable contact tracing, and hand sanitiser stations will be positioned around the site.

Agfest Chairman Ethan Williams said the number one priority is protecting the health and welfare of all exhibitors, contractors, suppliers, sponsors, patrons, media, Rural Youth volunteers and all other members of the extended Agfest family.

“Agfest understands that we are working in a very dynamic environment and if our borders re-open or COVID-19 community transmission is evident in the state, we may have to further modify our planned operational model for 2021,” Mr Williams said.

“However, we are a determined bunch of passionate young Tasmanians and we have decided to have a crack at organising Agfest 2021 back in the paddock, because at the end of the day, that’s what we do best."

Organisers say if Agfest in the Paddock has to be cancelled due to coronavirus, Agfest in the Cloud will be extended from May 5-15.

The state government says Agfest is a significant contributor to the economy and an important event for the primary industries sector, and this is a good outcome that will provide a much-needed boost for exhibitors.