FINAL touches were being put to the Elmore Event Centre yesterday before the 49th annual Elmore Field Days.
Opposition finance spokesman Joe Hockey will officially open the three-day event at 12pm today.
Elmore Events Centre’s Sam Shotton said organisers were expecting more than 10,000 people to attend the first day of the event.
They are hoping to meet last year’s number of 40,000 people across the three days.
Ms Shotton said there were a few new things for visitors this year, as well as the return of some crowd favourites.
Victoria Police’s Superintendent Rick Nugent will hold a forum today to explain the new rural protection program, which has been implemented after an increase in farm and rural theft in the state.
The popular Ag Art fashion competition will hold runway shows at 11am and 2pm every day, with winners announced on Thursday.
Ms Shotton said she was most looking forward to Thursday’s Telstra Road to Discovery when six local musicians will perform original compositions with one chosen to progress to the next stage of the competition.
Exhibitors were busy setting up their stalls in the field and at the Agribusiness and General Interest pavilions yesterday.
Mary Mauthoor and Heather Hobbs are exhibiting at the Elmore Field Days for the first time with their handcrafted Polish crockery business.
They said the event’s reputation drew them to Elmore.
“Elmore is a traditional Australian market. Everyone’s heard of it and it’s got a great name.
“We thought it would be a great opportunity to take our pottery to a large audience.”
Elmore Events Day veteran Mitch Pickering will be celebrating his fourth birthday on Thursday at his parent’s Chenu Charolais bulls exhibit.
Gates open are open from 8.30am to 5pm.