Bumper crowds tipped for sheep show

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MORE than 30,000 people are expected to fill the Prince of Wales Showground this weekend to celebrate the humble sheep at the 135th Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

Australian Sheep Breeders’ Association vice-president Malcolm Starritt said preparations had run smoothly in the lead up to the event.

“We’ve had fantastic support from our volunteers and the Bendigo community have really gotten behind it,” he said.

“We had over 25,000 people last year and the weather looks good so we’re expecting over 30,000 this year.”

Highlights include the sheep dog and shearing competitions, woolcraft displays, quality woollen clothing stalls, an animal nursery and cooking classes as part of the Festival of Lamb.

Governor General Quentin Bryce will be speaking at the Women of Wool “Laugh at Lunch” today and attending the Australian Farmer of the Year marquee in her role of patron.

Mr Starritt encouraged everyone to come along to the show.

“Once you’re in the gate, there’s a lot to see,” he said.

“We cater for all members from the public, from kids up to the elderly, so there is something for everyone.”

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