Casino finds life after Beef Week
By HELEN JACK
IT'S the Beef Week you have when you don't have a Beef Week.
Even though Beef Week 2007 was cancelled the people of Casino aren't letting that stop them. They're going ahead and celebrating anyway.
A whole series of events normally held during Beef Week are being held as normal.
At Casino West Public School students, their parents and staff held their own breakfast calling it Breakfast With The Staff (instead of Breakfast With The Butchers).
Last week was Education Week so principal Vlad Knaus decided to link those activities with Beef Week.
"We had whip-cracking and cow pat lotto without the cow; everyone was involved making it a terrific day," he said.
Casino Public School teacher David Blackman said a group of students from the school traditionally busked during Beef Week.
"We will be busking at the Hotel Cecil at 11.30am and then in the street to help raise money for the school's cooking program," he said. "The kids love it and are very excited.
"We have a motto at our school: Bring Back the Beef." A highlight of Beef Week is the Casino Racing Club's Beef Week Cup, sponsored by the Casino RSM, so what would Un-Beef Week be without a bunch of highly-honed horse flesh thundering along Casino's hallowed racing turf.
Club secretary Diane Stanley said the Club never entertained the idea of changing the name of the race meeting.
"Beef Week is only in hiatus for 12 months and we have been holding the Beef Week Cup for 25 years; Beef Week is still here."
Mrs Stanley said she was expecting a big crowd with the first race bursting out of the starting gate at 11.43am .
Casino RSM sporting coordinator Kenny Woodhams said the Beef Week Cup races (being run today) are a way of keeping the Beef Week name in people's minds.
"It reminds them what we are missing and makes people look forward to next year's event even more," he said.
"Our big day is today; we sponsor the Beef Week Cup and we are now paying the Beef Week committee to be able to use the name."
Mr Woodhams said race day was a huge day out in Casino. And with Channel Seven's Sunrise show being staged early next Tuesday in the streets of Casino and featuring past Beef Week Queens and the reigning Mr Beef, Mr Woodhams said Beef Week is destined to show Casino's undaunted community spirit.