It was just marvellous,? says secretary

By RACHEL SCOLLAY

THE North Coast National was almost completely washed out this year, according to show secretary Ian Mulligan, but the show still went on.

In fact, on Friday night the Waltzing Matilda Story was performed almost underwater.

"We had to do a fair bit just to get them on that night," he said.

And despite the rain, the show still received rave reviews and put on fireworks every night.

"We can do anything," Mr Mulligan said.

"We had people who heard about the Waltzing Matilda Story on TV and came up especially from Port Macquarie just to come and see it.

"I've been to a lot of shows, but that was one of the best things I've ever seen on a showground anywhere in Australia.

"The actors and the horses and the kids, it was larger than life and they sang and danced to their absolute maximum.

"It was just marvellous."

Meanwhile, another first for the North Coast National was the pig races that were run five times a day to great acclaim.

"It was just a bloody good idea," Mr Mulligan said.

"It worked a treat. People really got behind it and supported it and had a lot of fun.

"That's what community events are about."

Another person who was delighted with the show was Joyce Cusack, who never has to pay to enter the show again after being made a life member.

Joyce was show secretary from 1957 to 1977.

"It's a great honour," she said.

"I feel like they really appreciated what I did. It's a really nice feeling."

Show president John Gibson was also given life membership.



UPDATE: Fire conditions ease after 'huge response'

UPDATE: Fire conditions ease after 'huge response'

2000ha bushfire at Ellangowan near Casino is still being controlled

PHOTOS: Dragon boats take over Ballina

premium_icon PHOTOS: Dragon boats take over Ballina

14 teams took advantage of the fantastic weather for major event

8 men, 5 trucks, 52 bales of hay: Helping out in 'war zone'

premium_icon 8 men, 5 trucks, 52 bales of hay: Helping out in 'war zone'

Northern Rivers councils help farmers in drought areas

Local Partners