TRADITION AND HISTORY: Show president John Gibson with Ron Weir at the North Coast National in Lismore on Saturday, October 20.
TRADITION AND HISTORY: Show president John Gibson with Ron Weir at the North Coast National in Lismore on Saturday, October 20. Liana Turner

Ron still shows his strong support for much-loved event

BACK in 1975 when Ron Weir came to Lismore to judge the trotting at the local show he didn't realise what he was starting.

Today, Ron who had already been heavily involved in the Bangalow event, is still an important member of the North Coast National committee today.

Now closing in on his 84th birthday, Ron, a retired farmer who's son owns and runs the family dairy farm near Lismore, is still on the event's committee, runs the working dog contest and is licensee of the bar at the event to be held this year on October 17-19 in Lismore.

And of course he still involved in his beloved Bangalow show, the last on the Far North Coast show circuit, November 15 and 16. It gives him something to do he says but it's probably more just what he was born into.

Ron is a farmer from way back, starting milking back on his family farm at Eureka when he was four, milking "three or four" cows a day by hand.

He says it's all automated now and laments that the price of milk in supermarkets makes it hard on farmers (as does the drought -which he fears will affect some of the ring events on the show circuit this year).

But it's clear he still loves the country life and the local shows.

"I was on the Bangalow Show Committee for 63 years, 27 years as president," he said.

"It gets in your blood, I'm in the habit of it and I like helping young people."

He said while the Bangalow show is very much still a much loved local event that sees everyone come to town, the National relies on entertainment and excitement which the committee works hard to source. The National, which started life as the Lismore show 132 years ago, is now one of the largest shows in NSW and Queensland outside of a capital cityand relies on a few loyal staff members and a large number of volunteers.

Info: northcoastnational.

com.au/ and for Bangalow, go to bangalowshow.com.au/ and watch out for Ron, he's a bit of a fixture at both events!


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