THE count-down is on for this year's North Coast National.

The show website features a countdown box, calculating the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the show begins with the Cattle Dog Trials at 7:30am on Thursday October 16 until the fireworks late on Saturday the 18th.

It finishes officially at 9pm with the fireworks but the sideshow alley will stay open until the fun winds down.

New events this year include helicopter joy flights, an animatronic dinosaur display, fossil digging, laser tag, an animal nursery and sheep shearing shed (this is a new animal nursery and it's free to go in the pen, unlike previous years).

Ashton Entertainments Circus Circus will deliver a newer, more modern circus than has previously been seen at the show featuring a High Perch act, a clown, Russian Silks (or Tissu), Lyra (or Aerial Ring), Rag Doll and Hula Hoops.

Also fresh on this year's 'menu' is Dairy Day and the Paddock to Plate educational workshops in the Local Life Pavilion for kids.

The Bakery Competition at the Italo-Australian Sports and Recreation Club will provide a much improved starter on Wednesday the 15th followed by a sprinkling of events as the CBD show "taster" launches at 3.30pm in Carrington Street (see breakout-box for details).

Friday and Saturday night will include an event called Celebs on the Grid which is a Gymkhana or obstacle relay race of 'media celebrities' including Neil Marks from 9002LM, Callum from ZZZ, Debbie Grant from NBN, Phil Clynes from the Northern Star, Rod Smith from Prime and Dennis Undrey from Burgess Media.

Ashton Entertainment’s ‘Circus Circus’ perfromer on Lyra.
Ashton Entertainment’s ‘Circus Circus’ perfromer on Lyra.

The Norco AllStars Precision Driving Team will also rip up the field while showing off real horse power will be Murray McKinnon with his horsemanship.

The National Dental Care Rodeo will buck off on Friday Night followed by the George & Fuhrmann and Queensland Country Life Fireworks. There will be fireworks on all three nights of the show.

Saturday night's entertainment will feature the R. Gordon & Son and Warren Innes Contracting Young Farmers Challenge before bounding on to the car soccer. That's right, a giant soccer ball pushed around by cars.

The show society are very much hoping the new ball rises to the challenge this year. Saturday will again trot out Murray McKinnon's Horsemanship, Celebs on the Grid, the Speedway Display, Norco AllStars Precision Driving Team, Quad ball, Monster Truck Mayhem and burn off some rubber with the Lismore Nissan and Kia 'King of the Ring' Burnouts followed by the fireworks spectacular.

One of the largest shows in NSW and Queensland , it has always been a celebration of agriculture, ingenuity, creativity and resilience with the occasional cow pat or two to keep it real.


Get your tickets

Online Ticketing is available for the North Coast National by following the links on their website

The booking system, via Eventbrite, allows you to purchase 1 day family tickets and 3 day family tickets for $40 and $70 respectively.

Online tickets will be accepted via the main gate only.

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