With 35 studs booked for the ninth annual Elders Riverina Sheep Expo in Deniliquin, the August 18 event is at capacity.
Designed as a celebration of the region’s sheep and wool industry, the expo will be held at the Peppin Heritage Centre and Museum in George St from 10am.
It will feature sheep and wool judging, shearing competitions, a homage to the wool fashion industry and more.
Errol Horneman from Elders Deniliquin said as well as having display stock, many of the participating studs will also compete for the coveted prizes on offer — Riverina Merino Ram and Ewe of the Year and Riverina Performance Ram and Ewe of the Year.
This year’s feature breed is Dohne, and the event will also include the announcement of the Northern Clip of the Year.
Of the studs participating, seven will be Dohne, 12 are British breeds, and the rest Merinos.
And the many other attractions of the day will provide additional appeal, Mr Horneman said.
‘‘The blade shear will return for the third year, and we also have a fair few new suppliers coming along this year,’’ he said.
‘‘Bob the Butcher is confirmed to return who was popular with the crowd last year.
‘‘We also expect to have a few other attractions too, including on-site simple health checks.’’
There will also be the traditional wool fashion show and the Wonders of Wool exhibition.
‘‘The expo is a pretty prestigious event,’’ Mr Horneman said.
‘‘The whole idea of the expo is about supporting the industry and making sure it stays alive and well.’’
The expo kicks off about 10am and closes about 4pm. It’s held in the heart of Deniliquin’s central business district, at the Peppin Heritage Centre and Museum.
For more information, contact Elders Deniliquin on (03)58812211.