KERANG Show organisers have been praised for turning adversity into opportunity.
Faced with the lack of a public holiday for the 133rd annual show, the organising committee varied the evening program and provided a day of activities directed at district school students.
Victorian Agricultural Shows chairman, Jenny Daffy said that the longevity of the show was an outstanding achievement.
"The show has agriculture at its heart," she said.
"Here today you are showcasing your horticultural and agricultural produce and rewarding excellence."
Mrs Daffy said that the show was the community's largest event and she commended the Kerang and District Agricultural Society's initiative in developing the special schools program to compensate for the absence of the traditional public holiday.
In addition to officially opening the show, she was competing in equestrian events at Kerang for the third successive year.
"You have good quality horses here," she said.
Society president, Geoff Davey extended thanks to the many volunteers who had prepared Alexandra Park for the show and the various community groups who provided the many different aspects for the community event.
"We have a record dogs entry and close to a record for horses and a great night of entertainment," he said.
The 520 dogs entered easily eclipsed the previous record of 380.
Mr Davey was also heartened by more favourable weather conditions after torrential rain and hot conditions severely impacted on the previous two annual events.