The 142nd Australian Sheep and Wool Show returns to Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds next week and promises to be more than just an agricultural event.

The three-day festival, from Friday, July 19 until Sunday, July 21 will celebrate the best in sheep genetics, discover latest industry innovations and showcase how sheep and wool contribute to everyday life.

This is the 20th year the show has been staged in Bendigo, bringing with it tremendous community and economic benefits.Australian Sheep Breeders Association chief executive Margot Falconer said the show attracts national interest.

“For the farmers, the show is definitely all about the sheep,” Ms Falconer said.

“But for the public, it’s about the entertainment and the total package.”

The Australian Fleece Competition and judging will be a highlight of the festival, with shearing and wool handling competitions, fashion parades, the Festival of Lamb culinary experience and the Women of Wool luncheon just some of the events on the agenda.

For more information and to view the event schedule, visit www.sheepshow.com