Having a great first day at Primex 2008 are Claire Byfield (left) and Renee Willis, Year 9 students from the Evans River K-12 School.
Having a great first day at Primex 2008 are Claire Byfield (left) and Renee Willis, Year 9 students from the Evans River K-12 School. The Northern Star

Prime weather for Primex's first day

DAY one of Primex 2008 drew a mixed crowd of hundreds to Casino yesterday.

School kids, families and farmers all came along for a fun day in the sun.

For Evans River K-12 School agriculture students Claire Byfield and Renee Willis, the day was their first Primex experience and one they enjoyed.

"It's been good fun, but it's pretty hot," Claire said.

"We've got lots of bags and pamphlets, and we got bubbles too."

The girls were armed with more than just free merchandise when they were spotted at the Emily Fashions stand.

"I spent my lunch money on a toy dog," Renee said. "His name is Cory."

Expo-goers also spent their money on cattle earlier in the day, and every cent went to a good cause.

An auction of three steers, donated by John and Michael Barber, of Mummulgum, and purchased by Mark Furhmann, of Casino Rural Traders, raised about $3000 for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Another $1000 was given to the service by Yulgibar Station.

Kris Beavis, general manager of the rescue service, said the auction was a novel way of raising money. He also commented on the importance of events like Primex.

"It's good for rural families to get off the property and talk about how things are going," he said.

Exhibitors at the event were ecstatic at the success of Primex's opening day.

"They've been saying it's the best first day they've seen," organiser Bruce Wright said.

Today's program will include the official opening by Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin, demonstrations, and a beef industry dinner at the Casino RSM Club.

Tomorrow is traditionally the biggest of the three-day event, with a stud bull and heifer show, bone-out demonstrations and your last chance to try before you buy.


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