Beef week celebrations
BEEF Queens, steam trains and whip-cracking can’t detract from the real hero of Beef Week – the meat.
Since the event’s inception the free beef industry breakfast has been a highlight of Beef Week – and this year is no exception.
More than one-and-a-half tonne of sausages and beef patties has been donated by the Northern Co-operative Meat Company for the breakfast, which will be held in Walker Street from 7am to 9am on Friday, May 28.
“It will be traditional fare as always. It’s free for the public and there will be live music and entertainment,” Beef Week president Stuart George said.
Mr George said organisers expected a turn-out of more than 4000 people for this year’s Beef Week brekkie.
After filling up on free tucker on the Friday, people can witness the phenomenon that is Cow Pat Lotto, where punters bet on a numbered square on the ground and hope for the cow to drop a ‘fresh one’ on their spot.
Later on Friday, there will be a free Bush Poets Show at the Cecil Hotel at 11am, as well as craft exhibitions during the day and drumming workshops from 6pm.
Saturday, May 29, is the big day for cattle producers, with the Casino Beef Week Cattle Competitions kicking off at 8am in Walker Street.
For adrenaline junkies, Freestyle MotoX and BMX displays will be a highlight on Saturday, from 10.30am. Alternatively, a more traditional Beef Week experience can be found in Barker Street at the woodchopping competition.
A special treat will be the opportunity to ride through the hinterland on an historic steam train owned by Lachlan Valley Railways.
The train will pull several carriages and a buffet car and will operate return trips to Kyogle and Rappville.
Beef Week kicks off this Saturday night with the crowning of the Beef Week Queen at the official opening dinner at the Casino RSM Club.