GIPPSLAND’S premier agricultural event, the Gippsland Show Sale this year celebrates its 149th annual show.
The Sale and District Agricultural Society has a huge program of events for the 2012 show which takes place this Friday and Saturday.
One of the shows major drawcards is the National Great Carrot Cake Contest, which this year marks its 10th anniversary, with judging conducted by Beechworth Bakery’s Tom O’Toole.
The Friday night carnival is sure to draw a huge crowd, with the awesome return of Sammy Xuereb’s monstrous freestyle motocross team and monster trucks.
There will be plenty of antics as the freestyle motocross riders perform astounding acts before the Razors let loose on the area performing all sorts of tricks.
Two monster trucks, Devil’s Taxi and Tropical Thunder will thrill the crowd as they tear around the arena doing jumps and wheelies.
Other entertainment at the carnival includes an exciting polocrosse match, the small but mighty Shetlands in their renowned steeplechase, and the entertaining Gippsland open flag and barrel classic.
The night carnival will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks display, proudly sponsored by Dyers Transport.
The entertainment continues well into Saturday with judging of the animal classes including goats, alpacas, pigs and poultry along with beef and dairy cattle and the continuation of the sheep dog trials.
Visitors must not forget to explore the art and craft pavilion, which will be bursting at the seams full of incredible photography, cookery, knitting, floral art, scrapbooking, artwork and crochet plus much more.
Everybody’s favourite rides the Hurricane and Cha-Cha return this year, along with the Crazy Raft, Music Trip and Scorpion, plus much more.
Sale and District Agricultural Society president John Mowat said this year’s show has another great offering with something for everyone.
“We have a terrific line up of events for our 149th show,” he said.
“It’s so great to see people from Sale and surrounds come along and enjoy the show with their friends and family.
“The night carnival will certainly entertain the crowds with a variety of acts performing, we certainly hope everybody has an enjoyable 2012 show.”
Gates open at the Sale Showgrounds from 7am on Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices remain unchanged this year, with family tickets $40, adults $15, pensioners and secondary students $10, primary students $5 and free entry for children under five years of age with free parking as space allows.