IT will be two iconic events in one for patrons when they come through the gates of the Warrnambool Show.
Not only will they get to experience all the fun of the show, they will also be able to go into the big top circus.
Eroni’s Circus will be setting up its big top as part of the 2016 show.
It is the first time a big-top circus has been at the Warrnambool Show since 2010.
Warrnambool Agricultural Society manager Charles Hoddinott said the arrival of the circus would be a big attraction for the show.
“Eroni’s Circus is Melbourne-based and they travel around Australia performing so they put on a high quality show,” Mr Hoddinott said.
“Getting the big-top circus back is part of our plan to help make the show as family-friendly as we can.
“The thing about the circus is children and parents both enjoy it and it keeps everyone entertained for a sustained period of time.”
The return of the circus is part of a long list of activities planned to entertain the younger members of the audience.
The animal nursery area will be expanded with educational aspects to be brought into it with experts on hand to explain the finer points of the care of the animals.
Free pony rides will also be on offer while a Pirates of Penzance ship will be set up for children to play on.
Plans are also in place to make the Wannon Rooms a place for the whole family to visit.
The trade and food stalls that are usually there will again be in place while face painting will be happening for children.
The show was first held in 1854 and since that time it has been an annual event.
Like most country shows, the event was set up to showcase the bounty from the agricultural community.
Now more than 160 years later, the Warrnambool Show is still honouring its rich history.
The theme for the 2016 show is “homegrown and homemade”.
The image for the front of the program comes from Grasmere Primary School pupil Marlee Nickl and is of a vegie garden, reflecting the show theme.
The pavilion displays will include the winners of the various cooking, fresh produce, art and craft and photography competitions while entries for the flower sections are expected to be strong.
The best horses, sheep, cattle and poultry from around the district will be on show.
A dog high jump will be held on the Saturday afternoon of the show with contests in small, medium and large categories.
Admission to the show is $15, $10 for secondary school students, $5 for primary and under 4s are free.
The Warrnambool Show is on from October 28-30.