Casino prepares to celebrate its 125th annual show
IT'S show time in Casino and this year we will celebrate our 125th annual event on October 16-17.
What an exciting time for the Richmond Valley with Casino footballer Matt King making the official opening.
We along with the community are very proud of Matt and his achievements over the years. His family has a long association with Casino and the Richmond Valley. Also in attendance as an official guest will be NSW Showgirl Ellie Stephens from Tregeagle who took top honours in the Royal Easter Showgirl Finals.
Friday morning's line-up will start with the school education day and the main gates will open from 1pm for sideshow alley and the show series bull ride from 6pm.
The George and Fuhrmann Heifer Futurity will also be judged in the bull ride arena during intermission about 7.30pm.
All the traditional events will continue on Saturday with the beef cattle and poultry judging.
The main Equestrian arena will see a revamped schedule of events including showjumping, with miniature horses being a feature for the first time.
The super horse challenge is on again with prizemoney totalling $700. The bush ponies are back again this year along with the beautiful heavy horses.
Champion show dogs will be judged at the woodchop arena and you will get to see the working dogs compete at the southern end of the main ring.
The main pavilion will be open from 9am on Saturday with craft and market stalls and the sideshows will be operating to entice all fearless patrons to their rides.
There will be a dedication of the newly completed cattle arena, a project funded through the Richmond Valley Council, by Mayor Ernie Bennett.
To say I am excited about our 125th show is an understatement.
Where do you go to see so much happening in one day?
Don't miss our beautiful reigning showgirl, Alice Magner, singing the national anthem backed by violins at the official opening. And take time to check out the Diggers' Military Motor Cycle Club.
But that's not all: Generation Ag will be on for young and old (if they wish to take up the challenge). This group of keen agriculturalists will be organising their "young farmers" challenge' which may put some stride in your step - or not. We're still unsure if the "triple zero" team will take up the challenge against these young farmers, cattle buyers and auctioneers - let's see.
My sources tell me the scarecrow competition will be most entertaining. It is open to all comers, provided their teams comprise one adult and three children. There is $200 prizemoney on offer. Watch out for Team Fool and Team Tutu in this event.
The show finale will include a heritage display led by the Diggers' Military Motor Cycle Club, followed by old tractors, trucks and cars.
We thank the community of Richmond Valley for their support over the years and look forward to them supporting the show again this year, with Saturday being a "free gate" to all patrons, except for donating a gold coin to charity.
I believe all patrons will find lots to do at the show and I look forward to catching up with everyone.