The woodchopping event continued its long-held tradition of being popular with spectators at the Whittlesea Show on the weekend.

By Max Davies

THE Whittlesea Show is just days away, with a wide range of entertainment and activities set for one of Victoria’s premier agricultural shows.

The show is returning to its usual November date after years of difficulties due to poor weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, with organisers from Whittlesea Agricultural Society ready and excited for the weekend.

Society president Erica Hawke said the show was a staple for the Whittlesea township.

“We’re a true agricultural show, we still have the animals and a range of heritage vintage attractions,” she said.

“[Preparation] is going really well at the moment, we’ve got entries continually coming in, the grounds are all mown and looking beautiful, the sheds have been cleaned, everything’s coming together really well and the buzz is really starting.”

Returning this year is Eroni’s Circus with free entry once a show ticket has been purchased, as well as stagecoach rides, a Royal Flying Doctors Service flight simulator, mounted games, home crafts, hobby livestock, a photo booth, and the grand parade on both days of the show.

Cattle competitions were among many livestock displays at the Whittlesea Show.

A new activity for children this year is the junior pedal tractor challenge, which upon successful completion will allow participants to receive their pedal tractor licence.

 A range of artists will provide live music, and there will be multiple roving entertainers.

“We’ve got the stilt divas and a range of roving entertainment, we’ve got a jam-packed weekend on both the Oak Stage and the Village Green with performances from local artists, and we’re trying to support local as much as we can,” Ms Hawke said.

“It’s great to be back to our November date over the long weekend.

“It’s wonderful to give families an opportunity to come out and do something without spending a huge amount of money so it really is a family-friendly event, it doesn’t cost you the world and you can come and spend the whole day.”

The Whittlesea Show will be at the Whittlesea Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Gates are open from 9am to 5pm with accessible parking readily available.

Online tickets cost $25 for adults and $5 for children, while purchasing at the gate is $28 for adults and $8 for children, with adult and student concession also available.

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