Governor-General Quentin Bryce will be the guest of honour at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo next week.
Sheep and Wool Show spokeswoman Jacqueline McArthur said show organisers were delighted that Ms Bryce would attend.
Ms Bryce will speak at the Women in Wool luncheon on Friday and will also be awarding the Australian National Fleece Competition winners.
“They are the most beautiful fleeces which have been produced this year,” Ms McArthur said.
“Some of those fleeces have commanded extraordinary prices from places like Italian fashion houses.
“The winners of the Victorian merino pair will meet (Ms Bryce) as well; the best merino ewe and lamb are chosen for that.
“Also the winners of the school competition will get to meet her. Each year we have schools that have bred champion ewes and rams.”
Ms McArthur said Ms Bryce was a perfect fit for the show.
“The Governor-General is a patron of the Australian Year of the Farmer and the Sheep and Wool Show has about 6500 farmers who come to the show regularly and about 24,000 visitors.
“It will be great to have her there supporting the Women of Wool and the Sheep Breeders Association.
“This Governor-General spends a lot of time in the region and is warmly welcomed by farmers.
“She is also a very stylish woman, she wears Australian wool, so we are very excited she will be speaking at the luncheon.”
The Australian Sheep and Wool Show will run from July 20 to 22 at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre, Prince of Wales Showgrounds.