BENDIGO will be decked in purple, yellow and brown for today’s AFL grand final celebrations.
It doesn’t sound like an appealing colour combination but it represents the the two sides vying for the 2013 premiership - Fremantle and Hawthorn.
A number of retailers said sales have been steady in the lead-up to grand final events, with a rise in party supplies.
Variety Superstore in Strath Village reported a trend toward Hawthorn decorations.
Owner Doug Greenwell said interest was down on previous years but displays of balloons had proved popular.
“People are coming from all over the place, we’ve had people drive from Elmore, we’re one of the only places that have footy balloons,” he said.
Mr Greenwell said he was expecting to sell close to 5,000 balloons for the week.
“We sold about 1500 on Friday. We’ve done 80 hawk feature display setups and then about 40 Dockers ones. This year has been a funny one, there aren’t too many Dockers or Hawthorn supporters, so what they’re doing is getting both colours for their parties and events so they can be bit neutral.”
Bendigo Party Hire manager Rob Clohesy said it had been relatively quiet.
He said there had been a decline in traditional decorations such as streamers and crepe paper.
"We've scaled back on those sorts of things," he said.
"We used to do a lot of them. In 1990 when Collingwood made it we couldn't order in enough black and white supplies."
"This year it's not quite as strong. Maybe Fremantle don’t have a lot of supporters in Bendigo."
As well as house parties, a number of pubs will be brimming with cheering supporters.
Publicans across the region said they were expecting a solid crowd to watch it indoors, especially if the weather turns gloomy.
Bendigo's forecast is for clearing showers, with a minimum of 5 degrees and maximum of 15.