Deputy Chief Steward of the Fine Arts Pavillion Pat Greene with the beer and wine exhibit. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Deputy Chief Steward of the Fine Arts Pavillion Pat Greene with the beer and wine exhibit. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

What's new at the North Coast National this year

THE North Coast National is on in Lismore this weekend, with so much on offer.

In addition to all the traditional show events and attractions, there are also some new, slightly different things on offer that may take your fancy

A wine and beer brewing competition was held for the first time at the North Coast National this year, and judging by the number of entrants, it will become one of the favourite exhibits.

"We were surprised and very happy with the entrants considering it's the first year," deputy chief steward Pat Greene said.

"The judges said some of it was good enough wine to go straight to market," he said.

"Paul Sandrin of Koonorigan has championed this exhibit and has pulled everything together for the stand."

Mr Greene took over as the deputy chief steward last year and has seen the number of exhibits grow as new competitions are added to the pavilion.

Other new attractions include:

Festival of Forgotten Skills

This funky festival is about promoting sustainability, restoring and recycling and knowledge sharing the traditional face-to-face way. The festival will showcase grass roots community at its best, enabling a real connection and opportunity to learn new (or old) skills. Skills to be shared include traditional shoe making, dry stonewall building, making your own green cleaners, leather work and more.

Furry and Fabulous Pet Show

The North Coast National is the place to be for friendly felines, adorable dogs, gregarious goats and gorgeous guinea pigs. These are just some of the furry friends that can enter the Furry and Fabulous Pet Show. Let your furry, feathered and fabulous friends shine with categories like Best Biscuit Catcher, Most Cuddly Pet, Waggiest Tail and Best Kisser.

Burn Outs and Broncos

The North Coast National is getting a reputation for fast and furious car action and rodeo thrills and spills. This year they won't disappoint with the best of both. Thursday night will feature the hugely popular King of the Ring Burnouts and Friday night the boys from the bush are back in town and bringing all the excitement of the Rodeo. 

CBD Sideshow

The excitement of the Show is coming to Lismore's heart on Thursday evening as the Showgirl entrants tour the central block, mingling with crowds while strong teams play tug-of-war with a truck. There will also be baby animals and live music from Dennis "Dingo" Dryden.



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