Lismore a winner
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits at the National
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.