More than 2000 companies will be participating in the event, catering to the more than 60,000 visitors who are expected to stream through the Kingsthorpe gates over three days.
Kate Nugent, group manager of FarmFest organisers, Fairfax Rural Events, said a vast range of new products and services, highlighting new technology and innovation, would be displayed until Thursday, June 8.
“Visitors to this year’s event will be pleasantly surprised at the number of improvements,” she said.
“The simple grid pattern of the purpose-built FarmFest site makes it one of the best in Australia and includes special areas for demonstrations, which includes a new drone zone.”
Ms Nugent said traffic management updates would enhance the event’s car parking arrangements – with courtesy shuttle buses in the car parks to help visitors make their way to the entrances to the static display grid.
She said other improvements included an expanded site area on the northern side of the display grid, as well as new sites along Livestock Way, more seating, more shade and toilet facility upgrades.
“This year sees many new agricultural companies participating at CRT FarmFest, along with the many significant larger machinery companies,” Ms Nugent said.
“Because of its size, diversity and national positioning, CRT FarmFest offers unmatched marketing opportunities. In doing so, it provides primary industry in Queensland with an unparalleled chance to increase its already high efficiency.”
In keeping with Fairfax Rural Events’ policy of making a visit to the event as enjoyable and convenient as possible, Honda branded ticketing booths will be located in the major car parks, allowing visitors to avoid queues at the entry gates by pre-purchasing tickets.
Free CRT FarmFest official guides, published by Queensland Country Life, will also be available at the booths.
CRT FarmFest is staged on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 6-8 at Kingsthorpe, off the Warrego Highway. Car park opens at 7.30am. Public entrance gates to the field days open at 9am. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-5pm and 9am-4pm on Thursday.