Thousands flock to State’s long party

Farming festival Agfest drew a crowd of over 55,000 over three days to view the alpacas, among other things. Farming festival Agfest drew a crowd of over 55,000 over three days to view the alpacas, among other things.

TASMANIANS rocked their way into 2007 at the annual Falls Festival down South and didn’t let the partying stop there. This year saw some high-profile musical artists make their way to Tasmania, along with some entertaining sporting fixtures at Symmons Plains and Aurora Stadium. These events were complemented by State delights during the annual summer dining season and nationally- acc laimed craft fairs. ELLENA MIDGLEY picks her top 10 events of 2007…1 THE Falls Festival held on December 30 and 31, attracted 14,500 people to Marion Bay and big-name bands including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Modest Mouse, the John Butler Trio, You Am I and the Mountain Goats.

Tickets to the two- day event were sold out months in advance and fans weren’t disappointed with the festival marking the New Year in with style.

Also down South and celebrating were thousands at the annual Taste festival, supporting the State’s great food and wine operators.

2 The State’s food and wine calendar featured Launceston’s Festivale.

While the weather affected numbers it still didn’t deter more than 32,000 people from attending the event. About 68 stalls kept mouths watering with oysters, rostis, berries, venison pies, cheese and ocean trout among the favourites and street theatre and bands delighted the crowds each day.

3 Also in February, The MSFest, featuring hot Australian artists Spiderbait, Pete Murray and Kid Kenobi drew a crowd of about 10,000 to the Inveresk precinct all in the name of a good cause.

The event was hosted by Jabba and saw headliner Silverchair make its first appearance in the State for seven years.

4 Music fans didn’t have to wait long for another festival to hit the State with the inaugural Southern Roots Festival held at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds in April.

The event attracted about 9000 who swayed, moshed, and sung along to quality acts from near and far, including international band The Pixies, known for their reclusive nature.

5 In May, Agfest, the three-day agricultural expo, pumped about $25 million into the Tasmanian economy as a total of 55,487 turned out for the exhibits, entertainment and animal competitions.

6 Over winter it was the AFL fixtures at Aurora Stadium which amused about 70,000 locals and many interstate visitors with the high-flying Hawks hosting visits from the West Coast, Geelong, the Kangaroos and Port Adelaide. By the end of the season, the top five teams on the ladder had all visited Launceston and it could be argued that each of the matches had a claim to be the AFL’s match of the round.

7 The November long weekend saw the Tasmanian Craft Fair celebrate its 27th anniversary and another bumper crowd of 30,000 people. The event featured the depth and breadth of talent that exists within the State, which in recent years has also been attracting a solid interstate and overseas contingent.

8 Down South next and the Australians took out the Test series in November, beating Sri Lanka comfortably at Bellerive Oval with a 2-0 series sweep and notching a 14th consecutive Test victory. 9 November proved to be a big month for events with the annual V8s Supercar Championship at Symmons Plains being held from the 17th to 19th. Nearly 60,000 flocked to the event for an annual feast of dust, debris and dynamic driving and at the end of the weekend it was Ford supporters who went home victorious with Jamie Whincup taking podium position.

10 Fast forward three weeks to December and it was the rocket man who made a speedy visit to Launceston as part of his national tour.

Sir Elton John’s musical magic lit up Aurora Stadium and impressed a crowd of 15,000 with a selection of his greatest hits.

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