Beef Week crowd down 100 loaves of bread

Bailey Freeburn, 5, of Casino waves to the crowd during the parade.
Bailey Freeburn, 5, of Casino waves to the crowd during the parade.

WITH no official head count, the proof of Saturday's record Beef Week crowds was measured in sausages and bread.

Casino Rotary Club president Aaron Beach said those manning the barbecue had to make three trips to the supermarket just to keep up with demand.

Saturday's sausage sizzle, the Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser, chewed through 100 loaves of bread and supplied 600 cold drinks to eclipse all recent Beef Week shopping lists.

On a perfect autumn day, Saturday's 1pm parade attracted families from across the region with the Disney theme proving a hit.


Community groups, sporting clubs and emergency services got into the Disney spirit with an impressive Pirates of the Caribbean float and more little Frozen ice queens on parade than you could poke an icicle at. Among the crowd favourites was the Happy Feet Wheelie Walkers float from Richmond Lodge aged-care facility.

The vintage car and hot rod Show and Shine, laser tag and skirmish as well as plenty of rides and show bags added to the carnival atmosphere but did not detract from Beef Week's real focus - the competition at centre ring.

Leeville Brangus producer Juanita Trustum took out a swag of ribbons including Supreme Exhibit, Senior Bull and Senior Cow.

"We really didn't expect to do this well. I suppose the judge and I agreed on the day," Mrs Trustum said.

Saturday night was all about the Mr Beef competitions with Chad Taylor named 2015 Mr Beef.

SHOW TIME: Rodney Collins of Casino lined up for the Mr Beef pageant.
SHOW TIME: Rodney Collins of Casino lined up for the Mr Beef pageant. Marc Stapelberg


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