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As one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in Australia, the city of Ararat is steeped in history, culture, and tradition. It's no surprise that there are many nationally or globally recognised annual events that people can observe in and around the city.

The Ararat Easter Art Show is one of the main events that people come to see each year. It has been running for over five decades and is hosted by the Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia). The art show features an array of beautiful and unique works from artists across the country that are chosen for their originality, creativity, and significance. This event is held in the Ararat Performing Arts Centre, which also hosts a variety of different cultural events throughout the year.

Another event that people flock to is the annual Ararat Sheep Show, which celebrates the farming tradition of the region. It is held at the Ararat Showgrounds and has been running for over 150 years. Visitors can see some of the finest breeds of sheep, cattle, and other animals that are carefully groomed and presented by farmers from around the area. There are events like sheepdog trials, sheep shearing, and ram sales, as well as crafts, food, and entertainment.

The Ararat Cup is another hugely popular event that brings in people from all over the country. The event is held at the Ararat Racecourse and is considered one of the biggest social events of the year. The race is a premier thoroughbred horse race that attracts well-known jockeys, trainers, and breeders from all over Australia. The day offers an opportunity to dress up and enjoy the festivities from private marquees, general admission, or even the tracksides.

For those interested in the local agricultural and trade economy, the annual Ararat Rural Ambassador Awards are not to be missed. It is held at the Ararat RSL Club and is a showcase of the region's agribusiness and trade. The awards recognise the young people who have a keen interest in rural and agricultural life and highlight their achievements. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet the people behind the regions' thriving businesses in industry and export.

Ararat has a carnival-like atmosphere that runs throughout the year with many month-long events that are held during various seasons. For example, in April, the Autumn Festival happens in reverence of the forest's colours changing. Additionally, in August, the Ararat Agricultural Show celebrates the rich farming traditions of the region, while in September, the Ararat Arts Festival showcases some of the best artists and performers from across Victoria.

Ararat is a city that truly has a lot to offer in terms of national and global annual events. The community is a rich tapestry of different cultures and traditions and is continually evolving into a dynamic hub for art, sport, and trade. If one is looking for an eventful calendar where they can enjoy a bit of something every month, then Ararat is the place to be.

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