BEFFED UP: Supporters of Casino Beef Week in 2015 line up, (from left) Belinda Dockrill, Ebony Nowlan, John Hamilton, Grant Shedden, Sarah Yeo, festival president Stuart George, Lena Mager and Frank McKey.
BEFFED UP: Supporters of Casino Beef Week in 2015 line up, (from left) Belinda Dockrill, Ebony Nowlan, John Hamilton, Grant Shedden, Sarah Yeo, festival president Stuart George, Lena Mager and Frank McKey. Marc Stapelberg

Fun rides on for Casino Beef Week

CASINO looks set to be jam-packed from May 21-31 as the townsfolk celebrate Beef Week.

Accommodation is booked out and the program is planned for 11 days of family fun.

This year, the annual Beef Week Festival theme is Around the World.

Beef Week president Stuart George said the theme gave a broad range of ideas for the parade and town to dress up.

"You could decorate your store as your favourite city like New York or you could choose the national costume of your favourite country - the options are endless," he said.

Retiree and Beef Week committee member John Hamilton said the event was one of the biggest on the NSW North Coast.

"We can have up to 15,000 people at the Saturday parade. It's nationally known," he said.

"It's a community celebration. The focus of the week is family-orientated.

"We aim to have new things every year.

"I think it gives the community an opportunity to celebrate who we are, and to feel good about ourselves.

"The interest and the energy are not waning at both committee and festival level."

Mr Hamilton said there was much to celebrate with the beef industry enjoying peak prices.

"That's what the town rides on," he said.

"The Chinese are having a good taste of our veal, so there's big markets opening up in that.

"The prices are as high as they've ever been."

The festival, sponsored by the Northern Co-operative Meat Company, runs for 11 days and hosts about 100 events.

With a focus on cattle and life on the land, the Casino Beef Week Festival is expected to attract about 20,000 people.

On the main Saturday, cattle competitions are followed by a live auction.

Rides, rodeos and the free Breakfast with the Butchers draw visitors seeking a fun rural experience.

Also on offer: Sideshow alley; races; a fitness competition; family day; busking; fashion; an art exhibition; bush poetry; orchid show; cow milking; craft show; and whip-cracking … something for everyone.


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