Agfair dubbed biggest ever
Saturday, 5th May, 2012
By Paula Doran
After a misty start to the day the skies cleared for what is being dubbed the biggest Agfair ever held.
Over the two days it’s estimated 11,000 people will walk through the gates at the racecourse site, bringing around $2 million in earnings to both Broken Hill and businesses trading on-site.
Kevin Taylor, chairman of the Agfair committee since 2000, estimated 60 per cent of sales at his own business’ site come from those outside Broken Hill and he praised the hard work of volunteers who had brought a mini-city of tents marquees and stalls to life in the middle of the racecourse.
“Stallholders have come from Yorke Peninsula, from Victoria - yesterday was just incredible the amount of exhibitors that were coming through the gate from interstate.”
Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said Agfair was a great meeting place for graziers celebrating a good year.
“I’ve run into so many people who have been too busy talking to buy anything yet - it’s a real meeting place.”
As the event kicked off there was praise around the town by those driven for success in the Far West.
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Paul Seager, acknowledged Agfair as one of Broken Hill’s signature events.
“Along with people from Broken Hill and Far West Region, AgFair draws both exhibitors and visitors from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
“Agfair showcases some of the best products and services that Broken Hill and the Far West Region have to offer. The fact that more and more exhibitors and visitors from outside the region are coming to AgFair is testimony to the importance of this event.
“AgFair is always well-attended but this year promises to be the biggest and best ever. Above-average rainfall across NSW has given the pastoral industry a real lift and this has contributed to a very upbeat ‘vibe’ in the lead up to AgFair.”
Mr Seager said he expected Agfair to provide a tremendous boost to the local economy - not only through products and services sold on-site but also through increased patronage of accommodation and hospitality venues across the city.
“The fact that AgFair is organised largely by volunteers is particularly impressive and I congratulate the organising committee for their terrific preparations for AgFair 2012.
“AgFair is representative of the high level of volunteering that Broken Hill enjoys including the RFDS Women’s Auxillary who are hosting the annual dinner dance in conjunction with AgFair this weekend.”