Big dogs are coming to the 2023 Hamilton Sheepvention

Sheep Central, May 12, 2023

The PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marchall are coming to Sheepvention.

SOME big names are set to entertain the kids at Hamilton’s 2023 Sheepvention Rural Expo in August, led by the PAW Patrol crew in two live shows on Sunday 6 August at 11.30am and 2pm.

The annual Sheepvention Rural Expo in the south-west Victorian city is returning in 2023 on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 August.

And the organisers are keen to continue welcoming children up to 18 years of age free of charge with the support of a Victorian Governments’ Children Entry COVID Recovery Grants Program.

Applications for all Sheepvention competitions, including the Hamilton and Western District Sheep Show, Victorian Yard Dog Championships, Inventions Competition and Wool Handling competitions open this month. Trade exhibitors are now encouraged to apply online, with applications closing Friday 2 June.

A Paw Patrol ‘meet and greet’ at 12.30pm on Sunday will also give children the opportunity to say hello and get a photo with the patrol’s Chase and Marshall. The popular online characters use a unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and physical humour to undertake high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community. From Marshall the firedog to Chase the police pup each pup brings a unique personality and skill to the team, modelling the importance of teamwork and good citizenship.

On Monday 6 August, there will ‘surprise’ kids’ guest appearance in The Producers Market at 11.30am, alongside an appearance from the Sesame Street Gang at 2.30pm in The Home Paddock. There will also be plenty of face painting, jumping castles, movies, petting zoo and hands on activities to keep the kids entertained. For the adults renowned wood sculptor, Rob Bast is set to impress over the two days showcasing his talents carving sculptures out of tree stumps – Alongside a large number of interactive trade sites showcasing their products.

Sheepvention provides a platform for agribusiness, machinery, equipment, livestock and professional services to showcase products and services. The renowned inventions competition will again highlight some of the most creative ideas from entrepreneurs and inventors.

Following a number of years trialling a three day format, Sheepvention president, David Botterill said after feedback the committee opted for a two-day format, allowing families and school children to come through on Sunday and corporate organisations on Monday.

Agriculture Victoria executive director for policy and programs Sarah-Jane McCormack said for the past two years, most of the state’s agricultural shows have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and these grants help organisers return to pre-pandemic attendance and revenue.

“Free entry for kids makes it easier for families to come along and see firsthand best on-farm practices and to immerse themselves in learning experiences to better understand agriculture,” she said.

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