Young and old soak up North Coast National
WINNERS and grinners soaked in the sun and the scent of dagwood dogs mixed with cow pats at the North Coast National's final day for 2016.
While many showgoers fronted their fears on gut-challenging rides like Alien Abduction - a heady mix of speed and gravity - or strolled through the various art and craft shows, some younger patrons found fun competing.
"I just believe in myself more," said Little Miss Show Girl Runner-up Madison Baillie, 7.
Madison said it was her first time in the pageant but she "just had to talk about [her]self".
She said she wants to be a teacher or an artist - drawing or working with clay - when she grows up.
Jessica Cruickshank, 11, said she first entered "about three years ago" but "didn't have any luck".
"I was just very surprised," she said of her 2016 Junior Show Girl win.
"To any person who wants to win, they can," she said.
The heat was on - literally, it was almost 30 degrees and adults were sweating - in the Lego building tent, where children had 20 - 25 minutes to build whatever their imaginations sparked.
Juniors and seniors competed in heats over three days before returning for the finals on Saturday.
Frank Constable, 5, was focused intently on building a ninja training school to go with the ninja show bag he'd already bought and his elder sister, Georgina Constable, 7, took out the Champion prize with her Blue Bird but Emilia Trustum, 5, wouldn't reveal her plans: "it's a surprise, Nan!" she said when asked.
Prize-winning cattle, horses and show girls and boys paraded through the arena in the afternoon and Northern Rivers' singer Dennis Dryden serenaded the crowd, as he has done for the past 23 years.