Beef will meet reef
DO cowboys go surfing? According to Evans Head residents, they do.
The best of Evans Head's community will be showcased in this year's "Beef meets the Reef" festival.
The festival is being held on Sunday, 10am-3pm across the town, as part of the Casino Beef Week 2012.
This year's activity will be an upgraded version of the initial event held in 2011, with most of the business and social community actively involved.
Catherine O'Halloran, one of the organisers, explained that Casino residents normally visit Evans Head during their holidays, or retire to the coastal town, so links between the two communities were already strong.
The highlight of the day would be a community parade through Oak St from 2pm, with the different organisations that compose the fabric of Evans Heads community.
Ms O'Halloran said local dance crews, theatre companies, marine rescue groups, the Fire Department, local youth group, floats and more would be there.
"We want to show visitors the businesses that exist in Evans Head and the wonderful town we have. The whole community is ready to participate," she said.
There would also be 30 stalls with food and crafts, plus family activities such as camel rides, cattle displays, whip cracking and camp oven cooking.
One of the floats at the parade will be from "Chill Cafe", a social venture funded by Federal Government grants that allowed the Evans Heads Youth Group to rent a commercial property and offer work to young locals.
"It is going to be great to show we have a cafe in town that supports local youth, as well as all the other fantastic businesses in our town," said youth worker Michelle Yates.