Champions on show
THE champion lettuce grower at the Nimbin Show, Barry Stewart, has some simple tips for growing a good lettuce.
The secret is plenty of water and keep the weeds down, but you must begin with quality seedlings, preferably black-velvet.
His award-winning specimen was on display over the weekend at the Nimbin Show.
The Nimbin Show, which featured all the staple delights - dressage, cooking competitions, showbags and livestock displays, is the envy of many of its country cousins.
The town's show society has money in the bank, while most regional shows are struggling to break even.
The Nimbin Agricultural and Industrial Society, which turns 90 next year, agreed to open the showgrounds to campers during the Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival two years ago.
Today the show society is $30,000 richer.
Show society president Phillip Williams said some of the older committee members were reluctant to support the camping venture.
“But now we can put the money back into the show and the community,” Mr Williams said.
He said he expected about 3000 through the gates, and the numbers in most agricultural displays were up, while 60 per cent of riding competitors were from Queensland.