Patrons delight in day one

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BRIGHT coloured gumboots and raincoats paraded through Main Street for the first day of Agfest this year as the state’s premier agricultural event got under way at Carrick on Thursday.
Nanjing Night Net

FRIENDS: Five-year-old Matilda Cameron showing her miniature pony Paluka Kimberley during the miniature horse display at the Equine Expo at Agfest.

The inclement weather early in the day did not deter patrons from the event, who rugged up and plodded through the mud and puddles at the edges of sites.

Rural Youth chairman Kate Coad said it didn’t appear the weather had deterred anyone as it was relatively mild compared to the weather experienced in the lead up to the event.

“Today’s weather hasn’t been too bad in the grand scale of things, I think because we had such bad weather in the lead up. But the rain usually means that people go into the marquees to stay dry so it’s possibly a positive thing,” she said.

Ms Coad said wandering around the stalls today it seemed crowds were having a good time and enjoying themselves at the event and doing a bit of shopping along the way.

“The crowds seem to be pretty good, to me it’s like there’s people everywhere; it looks like crowds are pretty normal,” she said.

She said she didn’t think the weather factor would present in the overall figures for the day.

She said the bullock demonstration by Brian Fish, of Oatlands, was getting a lot of attention as well as the Equine Arena that is back again after a year’s hiatus.

DAY ONE: Crowds wander down Main Street for the first day of Agfest 2016. Crowds were relatively good despite some rain and wind. Pictures: Scott Gelston

“Everyone is getting around and looking at all the wonderful exhibits,” she said.

There are an extra 44 exhibitors this year from last year’s Agfest and there is a fifth craft shed as well.

Ms Coad said the rain had done wonders for the four-wheel-drive track, with plenty of mud on the track.

“The boys have spent the past fortnight making little amendments to the area and it’s great to see them playing in the mud,” she said.

The weather is expected to be finer for the second day of Agfest and Ms Coad she was looking forward to better weather for patrons and exhibitors.

“We will be looking forward to having the Wolfe Brothers on site,” she said.

Patrons going to and from the event caused some congestion on the Bass Highway in the afternoon and prompted a warning from Tasmania Police.Police warned drivers that congestion in the area would continue during the three days of the event.

“Large numbers of vehicles on the road, plus rain and wind make for hazardous conditions and extra care and patience will be needed,” the statement read.

Police encouraged drivers to adhere to the existing traffic management plan and to follow all signs and directions from traffic marshalls and to allow for extra braking room.This week is Road Safety Week.

RUGGED UP: Patrons ignore the rain and windy conditions during day one of Agfest. The weather didn’t deter crowds and warmed up in the afternoon.

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