Lis­more a win­ner

Rain didn’t dampen the spir­its at the Na­tional

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page - DIGBY HIL­DRETH Digby.Hil­dreth@north­ern­

THE week of rain lead­ing up to and in­clud­ing the Satur­day at the 2017 North Coast Na­tional didn’t dampen spir­its, but it did have some im­pact on the num­bers of en­trants in some cat­e­gories.

Or­gan­iser Janelle Smith said at­ten­dance was down a bit at the be­gin­ning of Satur­day due to the wet weather, but that it picked up in the af­ter­noon, due to in­ter­est in the rodeo.

Mov­ing the rodeo due to the con­di­tions led to a record take at the ad­ja­cent bar, with pun­ters able to en­joy a drink and take in the ac­tion at the same time.

Also up in 2017 was the beef sec­tion, she said, with 107 en­tries in the beef car­case com­pe­ti­tion.

The show dogs comps also en­joyed a “re­ally good at­ten­dance”, she said.

At­ten­dance at the horse events was prob­a­bly the most hit by the rain, with one Queens­lan­der who was bring­ing 10 an­i­mals to the show un­able to get out of his drive­way.

The pub­lic en­joyed a sense of Lis­more’s com­mu­nity “come­back” af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of the March floods.

Or­gan­iser Kylee Mitchell said more than 70 stalls, non-stop free live mu­sic, and the show­girls all shone at the an­nual event, now in its 132nd year.

Satur­day night saw bands “go­ing men­tal and the bars full”, Kylee said – and there was an “ab­so­lutely mas­sive” crowd for the pre­ci­sion driv­ing car show on Fri­day.

Lis­more ra­dio ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive Janaya Ever­ing­ham, 21, won The North­ern Star North Coast Na­tional Show­girl 2017 ti­tle. She and her part­ner farm 60 an­gus breed­ers at Backmede.

Kylee noted that the floods had rat­tled Lis­more’s spe­cial sense of com­mu­nity – “and we were se­verely af­fected here at the show­ground. But we were able to put the show on for ev­ery­one”.


Danielle North­field, of Tatham, with Hol­stein Cin­derella, who won first place in the Calf Class at the Lis­more Show.


BIG WIN­NER: Supreme Cham­pion All Breeds Ex­hibit was the sim­men­tal ju­nior bull Coolibah Mag­num, led by Casey Wieck, here with judges David Bart­ley, Kelly Run­zer, Steve Hay­ward and Richard Duddy, spon­sors Sam Stephens and Glenn Weir and owner Madi­son Mor­gan.


Wendy and Peter Boni­face pre­pare Hugo the old English sheep­dog to go on show in the Dog Cham­pi­onships.


Pat McDon­ald of Ke­narie Jer­sey Stud with his win­ning In­ter­breed Pen of Three, and Miss Show­girl Janaya Ever­ing­ham.


Zarni and Quentin McGre­gor of Lis­more weren’t fazed by the rain.

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