IT’S Ballarat Show time, a time for fun, for animals, for rides…and that very cool Australian tradition of the Bertie Beetle showbag.
The famous $2 bag is back and is set to be the biggest seller yet again over the three days of the show which gets underway today, but this year Bertie has added a couple of extra friends with a $10 bag full of an assortment of confectionery and a $15 bag filled with Bertie Beetles.
Ballarat Showbag Company’s Stuart McPherson said without a doubt Bertie Beetle was - and will always – be the biggest seller. “We put together thousands throughout the year, we just hope we have enough, he’s always the one everyone wants,” he said.
For 162 years, the Ballarat Show has been delighting the generations with all the fun of the fair and this year will be no exception.
For 65 of those years, Coralie Kennedy has been coming and will be at the show over the next three days volunteering throughout the showgrounds.
“I came when I was a toddler and I’ve been coming every year,” she said. “I love the country atmosphere, my father worked with horses and my mother judged the cooking.”
The other highlight as always will be the animal nursery which has been specially catered for young children with many of the animals at lower levels so everyone can get a look. But while there might be plenty to pat, there’s enough creepy crawlers to keep kids of all ages entertained.
The Ballarat Show is open until 10pm tonight and tomorrow and until 4pm on Sunday.
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