Fiona and Natalie, 6, Fennamore having a great time on the  Octopus ride at the North Coast National.
Fiona and Natalie, 6, Fennamore having a great time on the Octopus ride at the North Coast National. Jay Cronan

Real show-stopper!

LISMORE'S 124th North Coast National wrapped up on Saturday night after another great year.

There were plenty of changes as the show adapts to the changing times, and plenty of old favourites.

Show secretary Janelle Hancock said the hot weather kept show-goers thirsty, but it was much better than the usual rain at show time.

“We moved the cars out of the car pavilion and held the Sustainable Living Expo there, which was very popular,” she said. “We also had the biggest beef show for some time and the Gyoto Monks entranced the crowd with their sand mandala.”

The perennial favourite Monster Trucks still held prime position in the main arena and the Wearable Arts Parade was hugely popular.

“We moved the Cock and Bull Tent closer to the bar and next to Southern Cross University's Living Art Precinct, which also went down well,” Ms Hancock said.

This year for the first time there was a Battle of the Bands, sponsored by The Northern Star, at the Community Stage, which drew rave reviews.

Organiser Amanda Couttes could not believe the standard.

“It was absolutely fantastic. I've been in music a long time and I reckon they all could have won,” she said.

“Janine Anderson was just sublime and the eventual winner, Thunder God of the Multiverse, was just so original and clever.

“Next year we hope to run heats in Ballina, Byron and Lismore.”



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