Country shows how it’s done

SUSTAINABLE living was a topic on many people's minds that left the weekend's Nimbin Show contemplating how their lives could change to make a difference.

Nimbin Show Society treasurer Ed Harris said the 93-year-long tradition of the show had a strong contemporary influence from the popular sustainability alley this year.

"People from around the region are more and more interested in growing their own food and living sustainably, without impacting on the environment," he said.

Sustainability alley featured displays including the Rainbow Power Company, Djanbung Gardens Permaculture, the Biochar Project, the Subtropical Farm Forestry , Nimbin Natural Beekeepers and Wormiboost.

Guest speakers gave talks on everything from growing organic vegetables to building with hemp and farm forestry.

"The youngest beekeeper in our group is nine and the oldest is 86," she said.

Ms Ross said bees were an essential part of the local ecosystem that was under threat from introduced species, including the Small Hive Beetle.

"Without bees, how would we populate our flowers and fruit?"

Mr Harris said a team of volunteers had worked for 10 months to ensure the show was a success.

Families enjoyed the friendly competition of the gumboot throwing, horseshoe tossing, egg and spoon race, and the three-legged race.

And it wouldn't be Nimbin Show without a display from the Northern Rivers Hemp Association featuring hemp masonry, cloth, hemp seed oil, soap, body lotion and hemp protein powder.

Ever popular country show staples including judged horse events, cattle and poultry exhibits entertained the crowds.

From people buying chooks, to the number of entrants in the cooking sections, the Nimbin Show displayed the camaraderie and tradition that country shows are famous for.

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