What do Dame Edna, a T-Rex and a duckling have in common?
Apart from their potential as the start of a great joke, they are all shaping as stars of this year’s Royal Easter Show.
About 900,000 people are expected to flock to see them – among other attractions – at Olympic Park between April 10 and 23.
And this year a planned visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make it a very “royal” show indeed.
The annual event, when the country comes to the city, again promises all the fun of the fair, with farm animals again sharing the spotlight.
“Someone I worked with here about 15 years ago said, ‘You know, there’ll be no carnival rides, no animals. My kids are on Xbox every day’,” the show’s chief operating officer Michael Collins said.
“But my simple answer was – that’s all about your brain, it’s not about your heart.”
Given many children haven’t even grown up with chooks in the backyard, he said the show’s animal cast were a continued source of fascination for junior patrons.
And if they get sick of the 55 show rides, kids can explore the Dinosaur Adventures display, which brings prehistoric reptiles back to life as enormous animatronic puppets.
With pterodactyls hovering overhead, they can even pose for a happy snap in giant, half-hatched dinosaur eggs.
Meanwhile, over at Spotless Stadium, there’s an Australiana-themed spectacular featuring oversize Kewpie dolls, dancing Vegemite jars and a whip-cracking performance.
There’s even an appearance from Dame Edna herself (albeit in puppet form) decked out in magenta.
“I’ve tried to evoke some past memories but then also something that will keep the kids really entertained,” creative director Di Henry said.
With the Moonee Ponds dame ticked off the guest list, a visit from Prince William and his wife Kate on Good Friday is also expected to add gloss to the event with organisers hopeful royal bub Prince George will enjoy the Farmyard Nursery.
Probably used to the finer tastes, Mr Collins isn’t expecting to see the young royals chowing down on this year’s feature delicacy: a waffle dog.
For the unacquainted, it’s exactly what it sounds like – a hotdog wrapped in a waffle.
“I’ll be having a few waffle dogs, not sure about them,” Mr Collins said.
Showgoers can sample their own, and stock up on Bertie Beetle showbags as well, when gates open at 9am on Thursday.