Rural Lifestyle Expo a big hit in Ballarat

Thousands have flocked to Ballarat's Rural Lifestyle Expo this weekend.

The event is bigger and better than last year according to Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society director Gerard Ballinger, who said the event had gone exactly to plan.

"We are extremely happy, the weather has been perfect for us," he said.

"We couldn't have asked for anything better."

The event drew in a large number of families with children lining up for their chance to get up close and personal with some of the favourite farm animals.

The food and wine pavilion also appeared to be a real drawcard showcasing a wide variety of local produce.

Mr Ballinger said a large team of volunteers and society members had been setting up for the event during the week and helping out on the day.

A larger number of exhibitors were also present at the day with 220 showing off their wares in comparison to last year's 195 exhibitors.

Mr Ballinger said the goal was to get to 300 exhibitors over the next two years.

"I think the committee has to decide if we can grow to a two day event," he said.

"I would like to think we can and start competing some of those big field day events."

An array of demonstrations and speakers performed throughout the day.