Ryley Davis, 3, of Evans Head, gets up close to Twitch the cow at the Beef meets the Reef at Evans Head.
Ryley Davis, 3, of Evans Head, gets up close to Twitch the cow at the Beef meets the Reef at Evans Head.

Nothing fishy about festival

TRADITIONALISTS may be aghast, but beef burgers gave way to fish burgers as Beef Week met the reef for the first time at Evans Head yesterday.

And the 300 children from four schools and two childcare centres who turned out to celebrate were beaming from ear to ear.

Beef Week president Stuart George said this year organisers decided to take the event outside of Casino to other areas in the Richmond Valley Council area.

Looking across the hive of activity yesterday, hedeclared: “This is great. It's here to stay.”

On the controversial question of whether beef should take the journey to the coast, Mr George joked it took a lot of perseverance to convince the rest of the organising committee to opt for fish instead.

To be sure, the “controversy” floated past the area's youngsters who were more eager to play with the sheep, chickens, ducks and goats in the patting zoo, the jumping castle, climb over the fire engines, get close and personal with a couple of cows – and receive that the much-needed cuddle from Tiny Teddy.

And it wasn't just the kids who got into the spirit of Beef Week on the coast yesterday.

Held in the IGA car park, store manager Kristy George said all staff could talk about over the past few days was what they would wear: there were cowboys and cowgirls and even a person in a cow costume.

“This is better than our expectations,” she said.



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