TURNING CIRCLE: North Coast National Exhibition organiser Nic Flanagan displays the burn outs which will take place at the show this year.
TURNING CIRCLE: North Coast National Exhibition organiser Nic Flanagan displays the burn outs which will take place at the show this year. Marc Stapelberg

Rev-heads, robo-dinosaurs, cute baby animals at Lismore show

FARM animals, pets, stunt cars and, yes, animatronic dinosaurs will be some of the highlights of this year's truly diverse North Coast National Show.

In its 129th year, the show from October 16-18, has a tireless team of organisers who have ensured there's something for everyone, while not abandoning its original rural roots.

This year's theme is simple: Celebrating Country Life.

Naturally that means all the traditional competitions including showhorses, the rodeo, the trots, led steers, dairy cows, and woodchopping.

Garden lovers can learn how to grow a feast of organic vegetables, while budding cooks can get tips on preparing a gourmet feast or baking that perfect jam drop.

For kids and families there's the Ashton Circus, plenty of baby animals, lego building and sideshows and rides, to name a few.

HORSEPOWER: Punters attending the North Coast National Show will get to see a bevy of ‘horses and horsepower’ this year at the Lismore Showgrounds.
HORSEPOWER: Punters attending the North Coast National Show will get to see a bevy of ‘horses and horsepower’ this year at the Lismore Showgrounds. Marc Stapelberg

Art and craft lovers can enjoy a plethora of workshops and products - and for the car lovers, there's burnouts, stunt driving, and monster trucks.

North Coast National president John Gibson invited locals to "let their hair down" and check out all the wonderful things on offer.

The traditional component of the biggest country show between Newcastle and the border was only getting bigger, Mr Gibson said.

"I'm very proud to say the cattle section is stronger than ever. We have 90 steers entered. Normally there is 80 steers maximum," he said.

Entries are also well up on previous years for the TURSA art exhibition and the photography competition.

For the first time since 1999, the show will also come to the CBD. While not the full-blown parade of yesteryear, the show society has teamed up with Lismore City Council to whet our appetite in Carrington Street on Wednesday afternoon with a petting zoo, reptile handler and a monster truck spectacle.

City Centre manager Jason Mumford said, "It's about increasing interaction and relationship with the show and the CBD, working hand in hand together. We want people to get excited about it."

John Gibson added the show injected a huge boost to the Lismore economy. Its size and scope meant that participants come from all around the east coast.

"The accommodation gets booked out," Mr Gibson said.

North Coast National Exhibition organisor Nic Flanagan in front of the burn outs which will take place at the show this year.
North Coast National Exhibition organisor Nic Flanagan in front of the burn outs which will take place at the show this year. Marc Stapelberg

Highlights of the show:

  • Helicopter joy flights all day from 9am
  • Baby animal bottle feeding, 9am
  • Dinosaurs: 10.30am, 12.30pm, and 3pm
  • The Great Lego Building Challenge: 11.30am (finals throughout Saturday):
  • Ashton Circus performance: 1pm and 5pm
  • Sheep shearing: 4pm
  • Guinea Pig Pet Show: 5.30pm

THURSDAY

  • Horse events from 8.30am
  • Palate's Perry Hill, one of Lismore's best chefs on stage: 4pm
  • Trotting events: 4pm-7.30pm

FRIDAY

  • Beef cattle: 9am
  • Trotting events: 11am-2pm
  • Norco AllStar Precision Driving Team: 1pm and 5.30pm
  • Rodeo: 6pm
  • Fireworks: 8.30pm

SATURDAY

  • Grand Parade: 1.30pm
  • Car Sumo Wrestling: 2pm
  • King of the Ring Burnouts: 5.20pm
  • Monster Truck Mayhem: 8.25pm
  • Fireworks: 8.45pm