Beef Week one of the best, says MP
“IT’S hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun.”
That’s how St Mary’s High School student Amy Smith described her day at Beef Week on Saturday.
For the first time students from the Casino school showed steers they had prepared and cared for in their new agriculture and primary industries program.
“It’s been really busy for us in the lead-up to Beef Week,” Amy, 16, said.
“We’ve been learning how to look after the steers and how to get them ready for shows.
“It’s definitely something I want to do when I finish school.”
The Casino CBD came alive on Saturday, although downpours early in the day kept most of the crowds away until late morning.
But the sun was shining by the time the much-loved Beef Week Festival Street Parade started heading down Walker Street.
Led by the mounted police and an emergency service vehicle, the parade had something for everyone.
The Samba Blisstas got people clapping and cheering with their energetic carnaval drumming routine.
They were followed by the popular Beef Week Queen, Amy Morton, and the other entrants.
Schoolchildren, volunteers and sporting groups followed, along with trucks and tractors honking their horns.
Two young men in the parade drew laughs by wearing signs that read: ‘We just wanted to be in the parade’ and ‘Caution!!! Parade walking in progress’.
Lismore MP Thomas George said it was one of the best Beef Weeks he had seen.
“The quality of the cattle has been a real indication of what Beef Week is all about,” he said.
“We’ve had people here from as far as Dubbo, Queensland, out Tenterfield way – all over.
“And these are people who keep coming back every year.
“They love it.
“The Beef Week atmosphere is something else. It has a real flow-on effect for the whole town.”