A FOOD hall, equine entertainment and training, shearing championships and a young farmers team challenge are among the attractions on offer at the Warrnambool show which opens on Friday.
The Great South Coast Food Hall in the commerce pavilion will showcase local produce from the region and include cooking demonstrations by prominent local chefs.
In another new feature, Steve Cox Circle X Equine Entertaining and Training will present horsemanship shows on each of the show’s three days and clinics on Friday and Saturday.
Teams of young farmers will battle it out on Saturday in a light-hearted challenge to complete vital farming tasks such as rolling a swag, stacking hay and erecting electric fencing.
The three-day show will again feature the circus challenge that gives both children and adults an opportunity to hone their circus skills.
In the art and craft pavilion, numerous inventive creations have been submitted on the pavilion’s design theme of ‘Octopus Garden in the Sea’.
Also on display in the pavilion will be decorated cakes, gingerbread houses, photography, art and a host of other examples of creative talent.
Patrons who fancy themselves as Masterchef material will also have the opportunity to show their talent and decorate cup cakes.
The show includes a variety of agricultural-based attractions including the Australian National Shearing and Romney Shears Championships on Friday and Saturday.
The horse events have been extended this year to include an interschool dressage and unofficial Equestrian Australia (EA) dressage competition on Thursday and interschool showjumping on Friday. They complement the show’s regular horse events and showjumping championships.
Competitions for sheep, dairy and beef cattle, alpacas, alpaca paraders, fleece and poultry will add to the celebration of agriculture’s bounty.
More exotic animals will be on display in Jamie and Kim’s Mobile Zoo featuring, among others, a crocodile, bettong, wombat and dingo.
The ever-popular show rides, games and showbags will again be presented by the Victorian Showmen’s Guild. Ticket prices are the same as last year.