Rural expo fills Casino's coffers
WHEN the gates close at Primex – Casino’s annual agricultural field day – today, organisers expect as much as $10 million dollars will have been spent and 60,000 people will have visited..
For Casino, the trade the event brings to the town is welcomed.
Barry Reynolds, owner of the Clydesdale Motel, located directly across the road from the exhibition centre, said in the 17 years since he opened the motel, Primex had always brought a bumper number of guests.
His 15-room motel began filling with visitors on Tuesday and is now booked out.
“All the motels in town will be booked out,” he said.
The guests also dined in the motel restaurant and that too was good for business, he said.
President of the Casino Chamber of Commerce Michael Greentree said traffic through the town definitely picked up during the three days the expo ran.
“Vendors also spend quite a bit of money on food in town,” Mr Greentree said.
However, the chamber has struggled to find ways to encourage more of the visitors to spend more time and money in the township.
“It is something we have identified and have tried to improve,” he said.
This year, Primex attracted more than 500 exhibitors from all over Australia.
And for one exhibitor hell or high-water could not keep him away.
Director of Sydney-based Welding Guns of Australia Ian Finlayson was driving up the Pacific Highway on his way to Primex when he became stranded due to flooding in Kempsey on Tuesday.
He was forced to spend the night sleeping on a hard floor at Kempsey High, before he turned back to Sydney, from where he was able to get a flight to Lismore.
But the effort to get to Primex was worth it.
“We’ve been coming for many years, people always need a welder,” he said.
Primex was an opportunity to provide people with information and advice about welding equipment, he said.
“You can’t sell them a pup, because they will be back next year,” he said.
Mr Finlayson and two staff will be exhibiting welding equipment at two booths – Stafford Welding and Coffs Harbour Power Tools – today.
Primex is 12 exhibitions in one featuring agricultural machinery, tractors, heavy equipment, road transport, the Northern Rivers Motor Show, education exhibition, livestock, horticulture exhibition, cropping exhibition, banking and finance, home and lifestyle, and real estate.
Gates close at 4pm, and be sure to wear your gumboots.