Beefed-up Beef Week kicks off in Casino
You could have cut the air in Casino with a knife last year as the future of Beef Week hung in the balance.
When the festival was eventually cancelled due to dwindling sponsorship and an ever-diminishing volunteer base the townsfolk were devastated and their response to the news was immediate.
The town rallied with sizzling determination to make Beef Week 2008 bigger and better than ever.
A new Beef Week Committee was formed and they hired the skills of a business management consultancy firm from Sydney to ensure the long-term success of the festival.
During the past 12 months, more sponsors and volunteers signed up for Beef Week than the board predicted.
Beef Week Committee vice-president Stewart George said the community support had been overwhelming.
The excitement brewing in the district for Beef Week also spilled on to the pages of national newspapers, with mentions of Mr and Miss Beef Week appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald's widely-read Column 8.
The first major event of the festival will be a fashion parade at the Casino RSM Club tonight. The parade will feature top fashion brands from Casino shops.
Organiser of the parade, Sally Kennedy, said the night was 'set to be a glamour-filled affair'.
10am- 2pm: Who do you think you are? Explore your family history at the School of Arts, Room 5, Walker Street.
7pm: Celebration of Fashion conducted by the fashion houses of Casino at the Casino RSM Club.