Agfest set to kick off this week with 750 exhibitors including Alpaca South

The Mercury
By: Roger Hanson, Rural Reporter, Mercury
Photo: By Sam Rosewarne

Photo Caption: Alison Brolsma, an Alpaca breeder from Wharncliffe Alpaca Stud, Kingston.

YOU might not see these fellows at Agfest this week, but you won’t miss them among the 750 exhibitors and 70,000 patrons expected at Carrick from Thursday.

The three-day agricultural and machinery field event is a Tasmanian success story. It has run for 34 years and this year is expected to contribute $27 million to the state’s economy.

The winner of multiple awards and recognised Australia-wide as one of the top three field day events, Agfest brings together companies, businesses and organisations from across the state with the purpose of supporting our rural industry.

Alison Brolsma, from Wharncliffe Alpaca Stud at Kingston, will be at Agfest under the banner of Alpaca South offering industry information, handcrafted clothing and homewares made from alpaca fleece.

“Most of us with animals are augmenting the value-added part of our activities and Agfest is a great place to showcase that,” Mrs Brolsma said.

“It’s good to get people wearing alpaca and for them to feel the difference between alpaca and sheep’s wool or other natural fibres.”

Agfest is run by more than 70 volunteers from Rural Youth Tasmania without government funding.

Agfest will be held from 8am until 5pm daily at Quercus Park, Carrick from May 4 to 6.

Tickets available at agfest.com.au.

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