Staff from On Q channelled Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for their entry in the Beef Week Window and Dress-up Competition. Staff members are, back from left, Andrew Goodchild, Chris Smith, and Jon Breheny, front, Kussi Saville, Ashleigh Clark, Deb Hazelton, Melitta Armstrong and Corinne Lesley.
Staff from On Q channelled Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for their entry in the Beef Week Window and Dress-up Competition. Staff members are, back from left, Andrew Goodchild, Chris Smith, and Jon Breheny, front, Kussi Saville, Ashleigh Clark, Deb Hazelton, Melitta Armstrong and Corinne Lesley.

Back to the days of 1982

IF YOU walk down the streets of Casino today you may run into a Michael Jackson Thriller zombie, alongside a host of other strange characters straight from the vaults of the town's 1982 memorabilia.

It's all part of the Casino Beef Week dress up competition, in which local townspeople in businesses, schools and nursing homes are getting wildly creative with their clothing and shop fronts to the theme of "1982... where it all began".

Casino Chamber of Commerce co-ordinator and judge Sonya Marks said the whole town had been a hive of activity on Monday in preparation for the competition.

"We've seen everything from Scooby Doo to Thriller to the Love Boat," she said.

"I know one business is playing movies from 1982, turning their business into a movie theatre, including previews of Porkies," she said.

"We were also treated to an aerobics class playing Let's Get Physical with men in tights".

"They cued it perfectly - as soon as we walked in they started the music and we were treated to a full routine."

In their judging criteria the panel also threw a curve-ball measure into the mix, described by Sonia as "attempts to bribe the judges based on uniqueness, creativity and the try-hard element".

Basically that meant entrants earnt bonus points for hamming it up.

On-Q Human Resources Casino Manager Chris Smith said of the Thriller theme that "it was one of the more prominent events in 1982" and "we had a choice between that and fluoro and felt more comfortable going with the former option."

"Ms Marks said that "everyone that we've seen so far has really put alot of thought into it and made a real effort."



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