Show planning next year's event
AFTER seeing about 30,000 people pour through the gates, hundreds of cattle put through their paces, and more than a few Dagwood dogs digested, the North Coast National wrapped up on the weekend.
This year's National once again displayed the organisers' desire to retain the best aspects of the show, while also expanding its offerings to reflect the changing nature of the region.
"There is so much variety on the North Coast and that's why the Show is now different," North Coast National A&I Society president John Gibson said.
The mix of traditional show elements and new additions, including the Lego challenge and a doubling in size of the food expo, ensured crowd numbers that pleased event organisers.
"We think we'll be similar to last year, and maybe marginally up," Mr Gibson said.
"Considering the present economic times we've done very well. People have supported the show. It was a great result."
But after the party comes the clean-up. Yesterday and Sunday, dozens of National volunteers descended on the showgrounds to tidy up the site.
Turns out what's left after the show leaves town, mostly animal waste, gets a second life.
Gordon Starkey has spent the last two days collecting pig poop which will be used as compost for gardens across the North Coast.
After shovelling about 20 cubic metres of waste for free, Mr Starkey said the show's success depended on volunteers.
"We do it for the love of the show society," he said.
The same goes for the show's planners, who will spend this week debriefing with sponsors about last weekend, before beginning to plan for next year's event.
Mr Gibson said show organisers would welcome any community feedback as they turn their eyes towards North Coast National 2012.
"The show doesn't just happen in five minutes. It does take a lot to get it running so we've got to start thinking and planning from soon after," he said.