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The event is run by the Royal Agricultural Society. It will be hosted in the function centre at the Rangiora Showgrounds.
''The head office for the society is based locally, so it is great to see the event coming back to North Canterbury,'' the society's administrator, Christine Roberts, said.
''It has spent the last two years in Wanaka, but before then ran for a couple of years in Oxford.''
Entries close on April 30 and usually number between 180 and 200.
For sheep's wool, these range across 46 classes grouped under three sections: fine wool, strong wool, and black and coloured wool.
Last year mohair classes were added and these will be back in 2019.
Competitors in the mohair class were offered the option to reclaim their fleeces at the end of the weekend or sell them through Mohair Pacific International, with the proceeds either going to the exhibitor or being donated to the society.
''Judging this year will take place on May 8 to 9, and then the public will be welcomed in on May 11,'' Mrs Roberts said.