Just days after signing a deal to return home and play for Carlton in 2020, AFL star Eddie Betts will spend his first weekend as a Blue again with an appearance at the Whorouly Village Fair.
Betts has ties to the North East, with the family of his wife Anna Scullie based in Wangaratta.
As well as playing for Carlton and Adelaide over the past 15 years, he has also released the Eddie's Lil' Homies series of children's books, which uses the medium of rapping to make reading fun for those who may not otherwise like books.
Betts will be selling and signing the books at the Whorouly fair, as well as posing for photos with fans from 10.30am.
After signing with Carlton on Monday, he said the support of family in Victoria played a major part in his decision to move.
"I just thought it was really the right time for myself and my family to make the move and come back to where it all began," he said.
"It was very important with family, knowing the support we can get here in Victoria.
"We've got four kids now - we went over with one and came back with four."
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Now in its sixth year, the Whorouly Village Fair will have plenty of other attractions on offer on Sunday.
A World War II Kittyhawk will put on a display above the town at 12pm; marathon runner Mal Wilson will hold a mini marathon-training session at 10am; and, in what organisers say is a world first, the fair will hold a kiwi and spoon race.
Event organiser Jennifer Garrett said Whorouly is known as one of the biggest kiwi fruit growing regions in Australia.
"We thought it would be a great idea to pay homage to the humble kiwi with a special race," she said.
"There will be age-specific races, as well as open men's and open women's events and all winners will take home a punnet of the prized green fruit."
The village fair will be held at Whorouly Recreation Reserve on Sunday from 9am to 2pm and also feature about 60 market stalls plus a foodcourt with cuisines from across the world.
"For entertainment, we have something for everyone, with interactive storytelling for the little ones to line dancing for the more active," Ms Garrett said.
An art and craft display will also be at Whorouly Library and a local produce and historical display in the recreation reserve pavilion.