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Katie An­der­son from Yar­roweyah took out the cov­eted Dairy Youth Travel Schol­ar­ship worth $10,000 at this year’s Royal Mel­bourne Show.

KATIE An­der­son from Yar­roweyah was awarded the cov­eted Dairy Youth Travel Schol­ar­ship at this year’s Royal Mel­bourne Show.

The 18-year old is pro­vided with a $10,000 travel bur­sary to visit dairy re­gions in Asia, New Zealand and the US.

The schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion process in­cludes pre- show el­e­ments of an es­say and panel in­ter­view, as well as com­pet­ing in ei­ther the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show or the Dairy Youth Han­dlers Clas­sic.

The schol­ar­ship gives an emerg­ing dairy in­dus­try leader the op­por­tu­nity to gain in­sight into global agri­cul­tural and food in­dus­tries.

Ms An­der­son has grown up on her fam­ily’s Sun Vale Hol­stein and Red Hol­stein stud and has had con­sid­er­able suc­cess com­pet­ing at In­ter­na­tional Dairy Week, re­gional shows and Royal Shows across Aus­tralia.

She was also awarded the ti­tles of Supreme Cham­pion Pa­rader and Se­nior Cham­pion Pa­rader in the DairyYouth Han­dlers Clas­sic at this year’s show.

Con­ducted by The Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria, the show is Vic­to­ria’s largest and most iconic an­nual com­mu­nity event.

Cel­e­brat­ing the best in food and agri­cul­ture, the show has a long his­tory of ed­u­cat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing families, while pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect ru­ral and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.

Claim­ing a cov­eted blue rib­bon is a sig­nif­i­cant high­light for the thou­sands of ex­hibitors from live­stock and their han­dlers, show horses and their rid­ers, from the most in­tri­cate cre­ations of the art, craft and cook­ery en­trants to the skill of the wood­chop­pers.

Each year the show fea­tures thou­sands of an­i­mals in­clud­ing cows, al­pacas, sheep, pigs, horses and dogs, and chil­dren of all ages get a chance to get up close and per­sonal with the baby an­i­mals in the Jayco An­i­mal Nurs­ery.

The Art, Craft and Cook­ery Pavilion had one of the largest dis­plays of hand­crafts in Vic­to­ria, with more than 4000 ex­hibits.

There were the usual rides for those who have a bit of dare-devil in them and of course for the chil­dren (and some adults) the enor­mous ar­ray of show­bags on of­fer was sim­ply mind bog­gling.

The iconic fire­work dis­play that is put on each night is truly stun­ning and a per­fect way to end a fun-filled day.

LOCAL WOODCHOPPER: Bryce Wil­loughby from Wan­garatta com­peted in the show’s wood­chop cham­pi­onships.

SLEEPY SHEEP: These sleepy lambs were get­ting in some well-earned rest.

CHAM­PION FLEECE – This Merino fleece – Mid­lands from the Cen­tral and Up­per Goul­burn District was awarded one of the Cham­pion Fleece Rib­bons.

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