The Sheepvention is the Hamilton Pastoral & Agricultural Society’s prize show. Although sounding resolutely restricted, the event is actually about a lot more than just sheep. With that in mind, when it comes to sheep expos, Sheepvention is the uncontested champ. Since 1952, there’s been no place better to learn about sheep than at the humble Hamilton Showgrounds.
Sheepvention will continue in 2017 with an emphasis on expanding the show’s criteria. Being one of the biggest farming event in regional Victoria, with over 25,000 visitors attending last year’s show, the show has developed its attraction to reach alternative markets. Sparing the sheeps some temporarily spotlight, the Sheepvention will add fashion shows, gardening and craft tips, dog training competitions, sales challenges and oodles of glorious, glorious food.
Back to the heart of the festival, Sheepvention will educate the visitors about the history of sheep in Australia, while exhibiting nearly a thousand sheeps of all different breeds, from Heritage to Merino. A vital attraction to the event, The Ram Sale, will return in 2017 with more rams then ever before. The unique selling system has been tailored to the Sheepvention Pen, and attracts livestock vendors from across the nation.
Sheepvention is a gathering of the Antipodes, packing more than 25,000 Aussies and Kiwis into one arena every year. The Expo has released statistics that 95% of exhibitors have renewed their exhibition space for the following year and that there are roughly $8 million in sales during and shortly after the event. The Showgrounds webpage has a list of the types of sites that are available to prospective exhibitors, allowing businesses a certain degree of space customization. Click the link above for more info.
Tickets for Sheepvention 2017 will be sold at the event’s gate and at an online sales point. Some of the shows and events will not be covered by an admission ticket and may require extra fees for condition of entry. Visit the above link to secure your tickets before they sell out.
Children Under 15: Free
From the site: Transport and Parking –
The Free Trotters Coaches bus operates from the Hamilton Town Centre with collection at the 3HA Building in Brown St to the Hamilton Showgrounds Horner Street Entrance. There will also be a saleyards bus operating from the Hamilton Saleyards to King St. Both buses operate from 8.30am on a continous loop until gate closure.
The Hamilton Town Bus operates from the Hamitlon Town Centre to the Shakespeare and King Streets with normal charges applying.
Limited parking is available in streets around the Showgrounds site, in the Friendly Society Oval (enter Via King St). Parking is also available at the Hamilton Saleyards, Portland Rd with a free bus service to the Showgrounds, commencing at 8.30am each day.
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