CAMELS in the main street, preschoolers winning tug-of-war and petting baby animals were only some of the sights at Evans Head's Beef Meets Reef last Sunday.
Hundreds of locals and visitors came out to enjoy the brilliant autumn sunshine which saw Oak St blocked off to traffic.
Entertainment by Evans River K-6 choir and local singer Kimberley Hughes added to the atmosphere of the day.
Beef Queen Amy Smith, of Casino, said it was lovely to see so many people at the event.
"To see so many families enjoying themselves is great," she said.
"I know I want to ride a camel."
Long term resident Di Behn said it had been many years since such a carnival was held in Evans Head.
"We had the crowning of the King of the Prawn where we cut the main street off like this," she said.
"But that was a one off and happened about 20 years ago."
The only drawback, according to Ms Behn, was the inability for some community groups to get public liability insurance for a day.
"I know the quilters group wanted to use the empty chemist shop to display their work," she said.
Despite that, Ms Behn said it was lovely to see so many people out and about catching up and enjoying themselves.
"I hope to see more of it," she said.
The day was finished off with the Beef Meets Reef parade where many local community groups put together floats and marched down Oak St.
The Chill Cafe had chefs, the Malibu Over 8s played their retro music while towing a caravan, Waves Dance Studio danced down the street and the Village Players were dressed up in all kinds of theatrical garb.
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