People lined the streets of Casino to walk the Beef Week Festival Street Parade in 2011.
People lined the streets of Casino to walk the Beef Week Festival Street Parade in 2011. Jerad Williams

Beauty queens celebrate

TWENTY former Casino Beef Week queens will re-live their glory days to mark the 30th year of the popular festival which starts on Saturday.

Organisers of the town's signature event scoured the country to find 28 of the former queens and were able to lure most back to take part in the Beef Week parade on Saturday, May 26.

Casino Beef Week Queen 2012 will be announced at the official opening ceremony on Saturday night.

Many of the 65 events which take place during the 10-day festival will pay tribute to its roots which hark back to 1982 when the town came together to produce a festival to celebrate the town's main industry.

The festival now sees up to 15,000 people crowd the streets of Casino with around 40,000 people all up estimated to have attended last year.

"It obviously has grown into an iconic event," Beef Week president Stuart George said.

"It is regarded as one of the best beef weeks in Australia."

The Beef Week Festival Parade, on May 26, will start at 1.45pm.

Other highlights include a free Breakfast with the Butchers on Friday, which in past years has attracted up to 4000 hungry mouths.

Cow Pat Lotto will follow in Walker St along with a cow milking competition.

Beef will meet reef on Sunday, May 20, when the festivities move to Oak St, Evans Head, for a family fun day.

A cattle sale will be held at Casino Regional Livestock Centre on Wednesday, May 23.

On Thursday, May 24, a dinner with the poets will be held at Cecil Hotel, from 6pm.

A family fun day at Casino RV Resort on Sunday, May 27, will have rides, market and food stalls, camp oven cook up and more.



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