Warrnambool Eisteddfod has added extra competition days to the speech and drama program to cater for an increased number of entries this year.
Speech and drama competition convenor Nicola Baker said more than 800 students had signed up to compete over three weeks of competition this year.
"We have had so many entries from primary schools, we have had to add an extra three days," Mrs Baker said.
"The numbers are all up, especially the grade five and six students.
"Students have come from Good Shepherd in Hamilton, from Hawkesdale, and most Warrnambool primary schools, we also had a year eight student from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar come up."
Mrs Baker said the competition was a good way for students to build self confidence.
"Students can show a presence on stage, develop projection, work on cadence," she said.
"It's also a fun competition, it's not as cut-throat as sport can be.
"Some of the kids are just amazing, they are doing things many adults would struggle with.
"This sort of event works into the school curriculum as well, English teachers love it for the poetry and choral speaking."
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