THE scene is set for the 54th Katherine Show to be the best ever.
Santa Claus has promised to open the show in keeping with this year's theme, Christmas in July.
There will by thousands of dollars in prizemoney for favourites such as the Elders cross cut saw competition, campdraft, rodeo and equestrian events.
New to this year's show
New classes have been added to the equestrian ring program.
There's events for hack classes, showjumping, dressage and more.
In the pavilions, new classes have also been added to art (decorated paper plates), photography (panorama), craft (open Lego) and agriculture (best grass head).
This year Big Bang Education will form part of the show's entertainment line-up.
They will be running a number of 60-minute science shows and hands-on activities throughout the day.
Show officer Patricia Glackin said: "This year Big Bang Education will form part of our entertainment line-up. They will be running a number of 60-minute science shows and hands-on activities.
"We thought it might be fun and engaging to get the schools to enter some science investigations they have undertaken recently. Big Bang Education reps will review the submissions and pick a winning investigation, there will be a small prize for the winning school.
Investigations will be on display in the Kids Entertainment Zone.
Another first for the Katherine Show is Cows for Schools.
This program is in conjunction with theNorthern Territory Cattlemen's Association.
Cows will be displayed at the association's site, located near the campdraft arena.
The CWA Katherine Scone Eating Competition has also been organised for the first time, taking place on Saturday at 2pm.
Back by popular demand
Dinkum Dinosaurs, educational talks and comedy puppet shows will all make a welcome return to the show this year.
The Cox-Hagger challenge returns again this year focusing on a different class; the best fresh fruit cake, vegetable cake or combination of both.
Gates open 6am to midnight on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.
Stalls open at 8am and close between 6pm and 10pm.
Cost: From $10 to $95, depending on pass type.
Show passes and car passes available online until midnight Thursday, July 18. Visit katherineshow.org.au.