Karen Ludwig of Kyogle with her daughter Emily and Mr Beef entrants George Clarke and Nathan Conroy.
Karen Ludwig of Kyogle with her daughter Emily and Mr Beef entrants George Clarke and Nathan Conroy. Doug Eaton

Beef up for crack at title

THE lads of Casino will again compete for the town's most prestigious prize - the title of Mr Beef - at Beef Week's most popular unofficial event.

Entries are now open to young men from across the Richmond Valley for a crack at the title, which will be judged at the Casino RSM during next month's Beef Week.

Organiser Donna Battese said young men from the town's sporting clubs were encouraged to enter, but entry was open to anyone and no special skills or abilities were required.

"They just have to show off their muscles," Ms Battese said.

But won't contestants have to answer questions about the beef industry or say a few words to show off their knowledge?

"No," Ms Battese replied. "That can spoil everything."

Contestants are simply required to dance to a song of their choice while stripping down to their underpants in front of a crowd of about 600 - of which about 80% were usually women.

This year's contest has an '80s theme, so entrants must select a song from that era and can also dress in '80s clothing, if they wish.

Contestants will be judged on their dancing ability and stage presence.

One nervous but hopeful UK league import George Clarke, 19, who has entered the contest, said he did not know what to expect.

"I think I have just got to get up on stage and dance," he said.

Mr Clarke said he had been 'semi-forced' into entering by his team mates, and the pressure was on because first prize was a keg of beer.

"The boys are very keen for me to win," he said.

Ms Battese said the standard of competition in recent years had increased greatly, with entrants covering their bodies in oil and glitter before taking to the stage.

Last year's title was taken by New Zealander Te-ate Jackson, 21, and the 2010 title went to James Barker, of the UK, both men were RSM league imports.

Ms Battese said it was time to bring the title home to Casino.

The winner will be presented with the crown of horns, which was purchased online from America at a cost of $15.

Mr Beef will be held at Casino RSM on May 26, at 5.30pm.



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