• Patrick McBride

Farmlands AgFest all go for 2020

Farmlands AgFest will be opening its gates at the Greymouth Aerodrome on the 13 –

14th November 2020.

Farmlands 2018 AgFest

PHOTO: Supplied

The AgFest event that was postponed in March due to COVID-19 is all go for November. With other agricultural events cancelled due to ongoing restrictions, the opportunity to shift the event to spring means thousands of people can attend the first major agricultural event re confirmed for 2020.

Into its fifth year, Farmlands Agfest has grown into the largest agricultural event on the West Coast with 15,000 visitors through the gates at the last event.

Farmlands has supported AgFest since its induction in 2012 and became naming sponsors in 2014. Farmlands CEO, Peter Reidie says he is thrilled to support the return of live agricultural events to provincial New Zealand.

“With our move to Alert Level 1, this event is an excellent opportunity to get off the farm and see a showcase of what the primary sector has to offer,” he says.

“Spring is a busy time for farmers and a weekend away on the West Coast is a great opportunity to refresh and relax. We are proud to support Farmlands AgFest and congratulate the organisers for adapting to the current challenges all businesses face.”

Farmlands AgFest co-owner, Andy Thompson is looking forward to the move. “After a challenging, uncertain year, Farmlands AgFest provides a chance for businesses to reward loyal customers. Visitors will be treated to an upgraded venue, the latest in on-farm technology, farm machinery, expert advice and much more.”

“Farmlands AgFest is proud to play a part in supporting the West Coast economy and giving back to the local community. The event will provide a great chance to reconnect with friends and local exhibitors,” Mr Thompson says.

Tickets will be available closer to the event.

Minister of Agriculture is Damien O'Connor

Along with the Minister of Agriculture, local Mayor Tania Gibson is pushing for those from away to attend.

"Show weekend is cancelled in Christchurch, come to the West Coast and enjoy some great hospitality and some awesome entertainment," she said.

AgFest are pleased to be able to secure the dates in November, taking full advantage of Canterbury Anniversary day and long weekend; and anticipate this will bring a boost to the West Coast economy.

All existing sites for the event which was postponed in March have been held unless advised otherwise – Contact email: westcoastagfest@gmail.com

For those businesses who hadn’t booked for the event in March due to dates not working, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the group.

You can view the site map and placement (HERE)