Orange City Council's $10,000 cash injection into the Orange Show Society will help the committee provide more free entertainment at this weekend's show.
The upcoming show - set to be held this Saturday and Sunday - will be the first since COVID cancelled the annual event in 2020.
Orange Show Society publicity officer Brendon Argyle said funding from Council was quickly put to use with the plan of encouraging families with more free activities and entertainment.
"The organising committee has listened to a lot of feedback from the community about the type of show people want to come and experience and have responded in a very positive way," he said.
"One of the big requests from the public was more family entertainment that people could explore at the show."
Some of that free entertainment will include Big Al the Rodeo Clown and stilt walkers, plus lucky door prizes for show-goers.
"We decided to support local businesses and encourage people to pre-purchase their tickets at the same time," Mr Argyle said.
"We have purchased $200 vouchers from local restaurants Borrodell, the Remington, Charred and the Oriana. We have also purchased a $250 voucher for Mothers' Day on Sunday. It's a $250 voucher for Sheer Radiance so a real treat for mums to win."
While organisers encourage show-goers to pre-purchase tickets online from 123tix, those who buy them at the gate will also be eligible for the lucky door prizes.
Other attractions at this year's show will include a synthetic ice rink ($10 surcharge for unlimited use), trick riders, market stalls, reptile show, fire works, wood chopping, animal nursery, show bags, side show alley and live music.
The Show has also secured the services of renowned show ring announcer Lyndsey Douglas, who will be given the task of keeping the crowd informed with all the goings on across the grounds for the weekend.
Funds from Orange City Council will also go towards the Show Society's COVID safety plan, ensuring the event is as safe as possible with extra signage plus increased cleaning and sanitisation stations.
The Show will be opened by local author and producer Sophie Hansen, with an action-packed program in place.
The 149th Orange Show will run on Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, at the Orange Showgrounds on Leeds Parade from 9am.
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