West Coast gearing up for 'jam-packed weekend' with AgFest

The previous event was held in 2018.
The previous event was held in 2018. Photo credit: Supplied

With a majority of the country's agricultural events being cancelled due to COVID-19 this year, Farmlands AgFest West Coast is one of the few that has managed to go ahead.

Originally slated for March, the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be postponed until later in the year.

Now, it is being held on Friday and Saturday at the Greymouth Aerodrome, with thousands of people expected to attend.

Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson says she's ecstatic the show can go on.

"There are not many events that have been able to go forward in the country so I'm looking forward to spending the day here today and tomorrow and enjoying all the stalls," she told Dominic George on Magic Talk's Rural Today on Friday.

The event celebrates the importance of the agriculture industry on the West Coast, showcasing the latest in farming around the coast.

Gibson said she was expecting a large turn-out, with people coming from far and wide for the weekend.

"All the hotels have been full in Hokitika and the Grey District since Wednesday so it's going to be a jam-packed weekend.

"So we're looking forward to welcoming all the people from away and giving them some good hospitality."