North Coast National starts today and it's a monster!

Drew, 4, and Amana, 2, Witchard, of Lismore, in front of the monster truck in the Lismore CBD as part of the North Coast National show.
Drew, 4, and Amana, 2, Witchard, of Lismore, in front of the monster truck in the Lismore CBD as part of the North Coast National show. Marc Stapelberg

PARENTS rejoice - there will be plenty of rides and games to keep the kids entertained at the North Coast National this week.

The Showmen's Guild of Australasia has confirmed it will be bringing lots of amusements to Lismore for the annual show.

It follows disappointment at the Casino Show last weekend, where a rival company was contracted to provide rides but failed to turn up.

However, as the Casino Show also demonstrated last weekend, there's a lot more to country shows than sideshow alley.

Among the attractions at this year's North Coast National, there are monster trucks, cars playing soccer, car sumo wrestling, and the King of the Ring burn-out competition, and that's just the stuff with wheels.

There's also helicopter joy flights, animal feeding for the kids, laser tag, animatronic dinosaurs, circus workshops, cooking demonstrations, sheep shearing, wood chopping, a variety of horse events, farm produce displays, the dairy spectacular, NSW's biggest display of beef cattle outside the Royal Easter Show, Lego-building competitions, and that barely scratches the surface.

>> Take a look at the full program here

A photo of some rides at last year's North Coast National, taken by Dee Hartin.
A photo of some rides at last year's North Coast National, taken by Dee Hartin. Contributed

Russell Hayes from the Casino Show Society said that despite the no-show of the rides, the event still received a lot of positive feedback from locals.

He would not say whether the society was considering legal action.

"At this point I can't make a comment because the society hasn't had a chance to discuss it," he said.

In the past, the Showmen's Guild of Australasia has supplied the rides for the Casino Show.

Tanami Batty, 3, of Lismore, kisses a duck on the head at the petting zoo held in the Lismore CBD as part of the North Coast National.
Tanami Batty, 3, of Lismore, kisses a duck on the head at the petting zoo held in the Lismore CBD as part of the North Coast National. Marc Stapelberg

Mr Hayes confirmed the society went with a different company this year, but did not give a reason for the change.

President of the Showmen's Guild of Australasia, George Pink, said families could rest assured that children's rides would be available at the North Coast National in Lismore this week.



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