THE Bendigo Show hosts the most polite customers countrywide, according to dagwood dog girl Ashley Hewson.
Ms Hewson travels the country to serve show-goers their favourite chips and hot dogs, and raved about the city's annual show.
"The locals are the friendliest I've seen in my time on the road," she said.
"It's so refreshing and everyone seems to be having the best time, which I always love to see."
The Melbourne girl arrived in Bendigo on Tuesday to set up for the two-day event.
She had two days off to enjoy the sights, but was back working hard at the Bendigo Show on Friday afternoon to prepare for an influx of people to hit the show later that day.
In its 154th year, the show features multi-million dollar rides, mini bikes and precision driving, the ever-popular fireworks, baby animals and dozens of different show bags.
According to show secretary Rod Bowles, hundreds of people are expected to pour into the Prince of Wales Showgrounds for the two-day event.
And while it remained quiet on Friday afternoon, some children were already beaming with curiosity and excitement.
The kids' eyes just lit up when they saw all the lights and atmosphere here.
Liam Brasche took his nine-year-old sister Georgia Ricardo to the show for her birthday.
He said it was a great opportunity to have fun and celebrate the milestone.
"She hasn't been to the show since she was a baby and she's just loving it," he said.
"She's even bought some show bags to take home for her nieces."
Mum of two Amanda Cummingham came to the show for the first time this year and said it had already lived up to expectations.
"It's a great first experience for the kids," she said.
"Their eyes just lit up when they saw all the lights and atmosphere here."
For the full show program, go to www.bendigoshow.org.au
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