The North Coast National harness racing at the Lismore Showground. October 1970.
The North Coast National harness racing at the Lismore Showground. October 1970. The Northern Star Archives

The show goes on, and on...

THE YEAR was 1970. The Carpenters' Close to You was top of the music charts, a jar of vegemite cost 31 cents, and the North Coast National was celebrating 85 years in Lismore.

That year, Janice Wood was crowned Miss Showgirl by show stalwart Spencer Spinaze, Colin McDonald won the Junior Parader class, and Mrs E Crockett was awarded the best red cabbage pickles in the pavillions.

The first show was held in 1885 when the Lismore area had a population of 1400. The North Coast National Agricultural and Industrial Society Inc. formed to bring early settlers together to share knowledge about farming and also to show the world their achievements.

 

The North Coast National has now been going for 131 years and continues to showcase the best produce and talents the area has to offer.

In 1985 The Northern Star covered the Centenary celebrations, quoting special guest Sir James Rowland, the Administrator of the Commonwealth of Australia, as saying 100 years was a long time for an institution to have survived, enduring wars, severe floods, and drought.

Sir Rowland said shows played an important part in Australian society.

"For a primary producer they provide a yardstick against which he can measure the quality of his product," he said.

The North Coast National will be held this year October 20-22 with the theme Celebrating Country Life.



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