Beef Week a great success
CASINO’S love affair with Beef Week has continued with organisers of the 28th festival, which wound up yesterday, declaring it a great success.
Not even rain on Friday and Saturday morning could deter the thousands of people who packed into the Casino town centre for the Beef Industry Breakfast and the Beef Week street carnival.
“The support from the community was overwhelming,” Beef Week president Stuart George said.
“Casino’s community spirit always shines through at Beef Week.”
The only downside of the 2010 festival was the cancellation of the Beef Week Rodeo on Saturday night.
Mr George said rodeo organisers, faced with what appeared to be set-in rain on Saturday morning and potentially hefty freight costs, had to make a decision about the rodeo before stock contractors set out for Casino
“It was unfortunate that the rodeo did not go ahead, but nobody could have known the weather was going to clear like it did,” he said.
Mr George admitted Beef Week Committee members were feeling as bleak as the heavy skies blanketing Casino on Saturday morning when it seemed the steady rain would drench the street carnival.
“We were all feeling pretty disheartened about 5.30 on Saturday morning,” he said.
“But surprisingly, we still had good crowds even when it was raining.
“The crowd really started to grow when the rain cleared on Saturday morning about 11 o’clock.
“I’m sure the rain would have deterred some people from travelling to Casino, but we can’t control the weather and in the end we were very happy with how the day turned out.”
Meanwhile, the weather could not have been better for the Beef Week Family Fun Day at the RV Village on Sunday.
Up to 3000 people were estimated to have turned out in the bright late autumn sunshine to meet popular television vet Dr Harry Cooper, hear rising country music star Amber Lawrence in concert, and browse the market stalls.
“Country Energy has signed on as Beef Week’s major sponsors until 2012 and a number of new, first-time sponsors have already said how impressed they were with the festival and are very, very keen to increase their sponsorship next year,” Mr George said.
“The future of Beef Week is looking very strong.”