DIGGING IN: Tug of war veteran Glen Hoffman, 59, of Maitland takes a firm grasp in the Beef Meets Reef tug of war championships in Evans Head.
DIGGING IN: Tug of war veteran Glen Hoffman, 59, of Maitland takes a firm grasp in the Beef Meets Reef tug of war championships in Evans Head. Nolan Verheij-Full

Thousands flock for food and fun at Beef Week

THOUSANDS of people embraced the colour and culture of the annual Beef Meets Reef festival at Evans Head yesterday.

The annual event marked the second day of 2015 celebrations for Casino Beef Week.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis rubbed shoulders with locals and tourists who flooded Oak, Elm and Woodburn streets.

Organiser Brian O'Farrell said the festival was a great success, with something for people of all ages to enjoy.

Delicious beef and seafood dishes were popular at market stalls, while the freshest of seafood was also a hit.

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Shearers displayed their skills at the cattle display, using traditional hand shears to de-fleece sheep with precision.

People of all ages enjoyed the $10 camel rides around the Evans Head parklands.

Children enjoyed clambering through NSW Fire and Rescue and Rural Fire Service trucks before jumping on the nearby jumping castle.

The Australian tug-o-war titles featured teams from around the nation descend on the popular seaside town to compete, attracting a good crowd.

Unfortunately there were no local teams vying for the Australian title.

Competitors travelled from as far away as Victoria, Maitland, Brisbane, Glen Innes and Woolgoolga to see who could muster the most brute force and take out the title.

Glenn Hoffman of Maitland said his team was there to defend the outdoor division titles they won last year.

"We've got a squad of about 14 blokes and two girls," the 59-year-old said.

"The Australian titles are held every year at different venues.

"Last year when we competed at the Aberdeen Highland Games we won the five outdoor divisions and we are trying to defend them today."

The traditional street parade was a highlight.



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