AgroTrend organisers are excited about this year's event
THE Bundaberg region's largest agricultural exhibition is only a few weeks away with organisers excited about its prospects this year.
AgroTrend was first held in 1978 and, since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors have passed through the gates.
The annual event runs over two days and sets out to showcase the finest commodities for farmers, growers and their families.
Organiser Col Reynolds said the event, supported by the NewsMail, the Rotary Club of Bundaberg and Bundaberg Regional Council, had grown enormously since its inception.
"It was traditionally an agricultural event," he said.
"But it has become much more diverse since then.
"One of the biggest changes has been moving the event to a Saturday so we get professional people and families."
Mr Reynolds said there would be about 200 volunteers from about 20 organisations involved, as well as more than 150 stalls showing their wares.
"We keep the prices affordable for exhibitors to come in," he said.
"From their point of view it's a great opportunity for long term business.
"There will be about 30 different industries that are represented."
APN South East Queensland regional manager Angus Irwin said this year visitors could look forward to a huge range of products, displays and entertainment across the two days.
"From camel rides and jumping castles and snake displays, to antique machinery, laser skirmish and the Saturday night rodeo, there is something for everyone to enjoy," he said.
"This event not only generates millions of dollars into the local business community, it is also a fantastic opportunity for people to come from all over the country to see what the Bundaberg region has to offer."
The Ray White Real Estate auction, a new attraction last year, proved to be an enormous success and will be back again in 2014 with items up for grabs ranging from power tools to bobcats.
AgroTrend will be held on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.
For more information visit www.agrotrend.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adults - $10 Concession/Child - $5 Family Pass (2 Adults x 2 Children minimum) - $25 Children under 5 years - Free Friday, 8.30am - 4.00pm Saturday, 8.30am - 3.00pm