Agfest to hold online field day

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Agfest will now go ahead this week through a “ground-breaking online platform” that will see the event run online for three weeks.

Agfest is back
Agfest 2020 is back

Agfest is back thanks to some out-of-the-box thinking and assistance from the Tasmanian Government and local design and project management companies.

The state’s premier field day – which was cancelled in late March due to Covid-19 – will now go ahead this week through a "ground-breaking online platform" that will see the event run online for three weeks.

Crucial to the local economy, the desire to keep Agfest going led event organisers, the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania, to seek alternatives.

The online platform will be designed, developed and marketed to a global audience to enable up to 1000 companies to promote Agfest specials.

Agfest says it expects deals will be offered on a wide range of products like tractors, sheds and caravans, as well as woollen socks, towels and water tanks.

Agfest chairman Ethan Williams hoping that the digital Agfest will make a real difference to local businesses and the Tasmanian economy.

"Rural Youth and the Agfest Committee are ever so grateful to the Tasmanian Government for recognising the importance of this innovative idea and providing a much-needed grant to enable us to design, develop, promote and manage this project," Williams says.

"We know many of our highly-valued exhibitors had already purchased stock, booked accommodation and flights, engaged extra staff and spent considerable money on signage and design for their stands, and many of these companies heavily rely on revenue from the event as they head into the quieter winter months.

"Rural Youth and Agfest have been so appreciative of the high levels of support and understanding demonstrated by our exhibitors, sponsors, contractors and suppliers in light of the cancellation so we are delighted that we can now develop this platform to generate sales and economic activity to support them."

Agfest 2020 in the Cloud will run from May 7 to May 28. Rural Youth state president Jake Williams encouraged all members of the Agfest family to jump online from 7 May to "shop their hearts out"!

"This is a great opportunity to buy local and support our businesses so that they can continue to employ our community members and be in the best possible position post-COVID-19," Williams says.

You can read more about Agfest 202 at the Agfest website, https://www.agfest.com.au/

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