Beefing up our towns
GLITTER, glamour and plenty of princesses have kicked off the 2015 Northern Co-operative Meat Company (NCMC) Beef Week and the queen of the night was 21-year-old real estate employee Anna Imeson.
She had some stiff competition and was completely shocked when announced she was the winner.
"I was very, very nervous," she said to waiting media.
"Now I am looking forward to the big week ahead."
It was a night of firsts, with Aunty Gwen Hickling being the first Aboriginal Elder to be invited to do the Welcome to Country, Sydney 2Day FM DJ Maz Compton and her radio partner-in-crime Dan Debuf making the trip to Casino so she could try out for Queen.
"You guys rock," Dan said as they got special recognition for their interest and fun with Casino Beef Week.
President of the Beef Week committee Stuart George gave an emotional farewell to his hard-working coordinator Cherie Holdsworth who has gone on maternity leave and is due to have her baby this week.
Chairman of the NCMC John Seccombe officially opened Beef Week and it started with the ever-growing event Beef Meets Reef in Evans Head on the Sunday.
The Australia National Titles for Tug o' War Champions was held over the weekend and competitors were nothing if not serious in their sport.
Jas Singh of the Woolgoolga Sikh Sports Club said they had had a team since 1991 and were the favourites for the heavy weight division in Sunday's championship.
"We had rested for four years so this championship is our come back," he said.
Glen Hoffman from the Maitland Tug of War team has been in the sport for 32 years and knows all the tactics.
"The main thing is to work on the pressure, you don't want heaving so you keep a tight rope," he said. "We train damn hard to sit on the rope."
The two local teams, the Evans Head Killer Whales Rugby Union and the Evans Head Bombers Rugby League faced off in the tug o' war pit with the Whales coming away the best out of three. The main parade saw all Disney characters on display.
Beef Week Busking Comp, Casino CBD
Primary Schools Cup - Colley Park
High Schools Cup - QE Park
Breakfast with the Butchers - Walker St
Beef Week Cup Races - Horses and Greyhounds
Dot Robson Craft Market
Mini Train Rides - nr Casino Golf Club
NCMC Cattle Comps - Walker St
Street festival and markets - Barker St
Beef Expo on Barker
Street parade - Casino CBD
Beef Week Rodeo - Casino Showground
Mr Beef - Casino RSM
Family Fun Day - Big4 Casino Resort
Beef Week Fly In Muster
NCMC Beef Industry Day