Organisers to get feedback
THE decision to hold AgroTrend a month early this year to avoid clashing with Rockhampton's Beef Week will be reviewed at a meeting with key stakeholders.
Organiser Col Reynolds said yesterday he had received mixed reactions to the decision but, by and large, the people he had spoken to were happy with their AgroTrend experience.
Several exhibitors had made some very good sales, he said.
"One caravan retailer brought 13 caravans to AgroTrend because they didn't know how much interest there would be," he said.
"They ended up selling 21 caravans, and one of the purchasers was another exhibitor."
Mr Reynolds said several tractors were sold during the three days, and there was a lot of interest in demountable houses and solar energy companies.
"They will be following up that interest in the weeks to come," he said.
Mr Reynolds said crowds through the gate had started slowly on Saturday morning, but by 11am they had started to pour in.
And at least 2500 people attended the rodeo held on Friday night.
"Overall crowd attendance was very good," Mr Reynolds said.
"The V8 simulator and the non-stop rides were very popular.
"The V8 simulator was near where I was and, every time I looked over at it, it was in use."
Mr Reynolds said the exhibitors in the marquees had told him they were busy the whole time.
"Overall we're very happy with the mix of exhibitors out there," he said.
Mr Reynolds said he was concerned that holding AgroTrend during the school holidays might have affected the attendance.
However he estimated 9500 to 10,000 people came through the gate over the three days.
"Over the next few weeks we will make a decision on whether to stay at this time or go back to holding the event early in May," he said.
"We've sent out survey forms to all the exhibitors and we'll see what feedback we get from that."
But he said overall the general feedback he had received so far had been positive.
Mr Reynolds said AgroTrend had banked about $50,000 this year.
"That money goes out in donations to the various volunteer groups that help us run AgroTrend, like the Scouts who cleaned up on Sunday morning after it was all over," he said.
Mr Reynolds said many of the people who normally attended AgroTrend, as exhibitors or visitors, were still recovering from last summer's floods.
"Many people have told me that even though the floods were damaging, it still means the dams are full of water," he said.
"Hopefully Mother Nature is kind for the next 12 months so people can get on with their lives."
Mr Reynolds said AgroTrend was broadening its appeal to draw in crowds with different interests.
"AgroTrend will stay, but we need to get the message out that we're about more than just agriculture," he said.