Wool show’s success rides on sheep’s back

MORE and more people continue to flock to Bendigo for the annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

Every year, the event is growing with people coming from across the state to see what is on offer in the wool industry.

For the past week, Bendigo has ridden on the back of the show’s success hosting several Women of Wool functions as part of celebrations.

Custodian Charlotte Smith displayed some of her exclusive woollen couture pieces from her Darnell Collection at Dudley House and even Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited the city on Friday.

Bendigo should be proud of having such distinguished guests continue to visit the region.

This continues to demonstrate, not just to the state but to the country, that Bendigo is a strong viable city, which continues to succeed.

Yesterday, Australian Sheep Breeders’ Association president Ross McGauchie praised the city’s ability to host popular events.

“It has been fantastic. Crowd figures are about the same if not bigger than last year which was a great record,” he said.

“We had about 25,000 people walk through the gates last year; I would expect to have the same result this year.”

With the Prince of Wales Showgrounds undergoing development, things can only get bigger... and better.

“Next year we will have the new shed available to us at the Bendigo showgrounds and that will make us rethink and redesign what we want to do, but it will be terrific,” Mr McGauchie said.

Bendigo should look forward to seeing what organisers do for 2013.

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