Casino's Beef Week is turning 30
THE year was 1982 and the world watched as Argentina and Britain went to war over the Falkland Islands, the term personal computer took hold with the release of the Commodore 64, and Charles and Diana welcomed their first child, William.
And in Casino, the first Beef Week Festival was held.
Three decades later and the organising committee of what has become Casino's signature event has decided 1982 will be theme of this year's 30th anniversary festival.
"With this year being Beef Week's 30th birthday, we thought it would be good to go back to when it all began," Beef Week president Stuart George said.
"So we've adopted 1982 - When It All Began as the theme. People can choose anything they like about 1982 - the fashions, the music, events that happened, anything that relates to 1982."
While planning for the 30th birthday festival is still under way, Mr George said promotions consultant Michael Zann, who had been instrumental in the development of Beef Week, and the man who was Casino's mayor in 1982, Gerard Kelly would be invited to attend this year's Beef Week.
All former Beef Week queens and past presidents of the organising committee will be asked to join the celebrations.
Beef Week will run from May 19-29.
The major sponsor of the festival this year is the Casino-based company Forest Enterprises Development and Consultancy.