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Published: 15 October 2022

By Andy Ross

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AgFest 2022

The fun fair looked very atmospheric under a blue New Zealand sky. 

AgFest takes place at the aerodrome in Greymouth and the marquees and tents have been setting up for a couple of weeks. 

On Saturday, the final day of AgFest, it was the turn of the public to come along to see tractors and farm equipment, huge logging trucks with enormous grappling hooks alongside massive trailers and tiny houses. There was candy floss and food galore, plus tents of exhibitors showing their products and talking about such things as the new district development plan for the Coast or the ways in which landowners can help native species to thrive while continuing to develop their farms and smallholdings. It was a fun event to attend because of the range of things on show. There was live music and cookery demonstrations and helicopter rides. There was a fun fair with Ferris Wheel, slides and roundabouts. Who knew that it was possible to buy working digger trucks for children, or that there was so much pond life in the waterways in Greymouth? We learned about the sites of significance in each area and how prone our home is to landslip. Creativity was on show with the Creative Gumboot Competition. What a lot of things it is possible to do with the humble welly...

A gumboot made into a peeled kiwifruit and another with stiletto heels made from calf milk feeders.  

We also chatted to a wool man who very knowledgeable about the industry and has agreed to help in our research and plans; a valuable addition to the network. 

This was a fun day out and we plan to visit next year.