Craig Gapes of the Triple M Red Angus stud at Rukenvale, north of Kyogle, in front of with his nine entrants into the Beef Week cattle show on Saturday. Mr Gapes' 20-month year-old bull Knockout took the top gong.
Craig Gapes of the Triple M Red Angus stud at Rukenvale, north of Kyogle, in front of with his nine entrants into the Beef Week cattle show on Saturday. Mr Gapes' 20-month year-old bull Knockout took the top gong. Hamish Broome

Beef Week saw record crowds flock to Casino

IT WAS one of the biggest or if not, the biggest, Casino Beef Weeks the committee president Stuart George has seen.

He said the whole week saw huge crowds, but attendance around the main events blew him away.

"We are very happy with how it went," he said.

"There were thousands lining the main street blocks, two or three deep.

"Over the whole week it's just been enormous and it's great to see the community support us."

 

2016 Beef Week.Beef Week Committee, Grant Shedden, Frank McKey, John Hamilton, Stuart George and Belinda Dockrill in Casino.
2016 Beef Week.Beef Week Committee, Grant Shedden, Frank McKey, John Hamilton, Stuart George and Belinda Dockrill in Casino. Susanna Freymark

The theme of this year's Beef Week was All around the World.

"There were a lot of costumes in the parade," Mr George said. "Businesses and community groups put a lot of time and effort into it."

 

2016 Beef Week. Casino's Tyler Hoffman,4.
Casino’s Tyler Hoffman, 4, during 2016 Casino Beef Week. Susanna Freymark

He said other stand-out events included the Breakfast with the Butchers, horse races, the Cattle Competition, the Show-n-Shine Car Show, Wood Chop Competition and the street markets.

"There were thousands around for the two days," Mr George said.

"The races was the biggest day we've ever had."

 

Nine-year-old Sam and his family enjoy flying their plane around the Northern Rivers. Sam is pictured with the Casino Beef Week Fly-In Muster aeroplane attraction, set up so kids could get up close and sit inside the aircraft.
Nine-year-old Sam and his family enjoy flying their plane around the Northern Rivers. Sam is pictured with the Casino Beef Week Fly-In Muster aeroplane attraction, set up so kids could get up close and sit inside the aircraft. Cathryn McLauchlan

Beef Week began on May 21 and the last event will be held today.

That final event is the NCMC Beef Industry Day and the topic will be innovation in the beef industry.

It will also include the presentation of results for the Beef Week Carcase Competition.

 

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: The bulls lapping up the attention at Beef Week Saturday in Casino.
The bulls lapping up the attention at Beef Week Saturday in Casino. Hamish Broome

Mr George wanted to thank the community for its continued support.

"If we didn't have that support, this couldn't happen," he said.

"It's all very positive and as a committee it's something we can take away and know we are heading down the right track."

 

Beef Week 2016 in Casino. Fashion parade.
Beef Week 2016 in Casino. Fashion parade. George Photograph

Georgie King was crowned Beef Week Queen this year and Stewart Webb was crowned Mr Beef.

A 968kg red angus bull claimed the Supreme Exhibit award on Saturday, which is given to the best animal of the entire show.

There were more than 100 events at the 2016 NCMC Casino Beef Week.

For more information visit casinobeefweek.com.au.