The shows are steeped in history, and were originally established to promote the local district and the agriculture industries operating there. They were an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate the successes of the season, socialise and connect.Most of the North Coast shows have been running for over a hundred years, with the North Coast National celebrating its 129th birthday this year.
To think how much our region has changed since 1865! Agriculture is still the main contributor to the local economy, but much more diverse than the traditional beef, sheep, wheat and cotton. Our communities are more diverse as well, but still share a common love of the country life.And that was the theme of this year’s North Coast National, “Celebrating Country Life”.
We attended the Lismore Show last Friday and had a wonderful time. A great mix of traditional show displays and exhibitions and features that celebrate the region today.
Our first stop was the poultry pavilion.
We really enjoyed walking up and down the aisles looking at all the different breeds.
At one point Bella and l may have got down on our knees and begged Dan for some ducklings. We're subtle l know!
And it wouldn't be the Northern Rivers without some anti coal seam gas action. This display is from my favourite group the Knitting Nannas ! They go to protests and sit around and knit, love it.
And then we headed straight to the baby farm animals.
We then asked Dan for a baby goat or sheep, we didn't mind which one. I may have even asked the lady in charge "how much for number 25".
She was in her element. Was so calm and gentle with each animal, and they loved her back in return.
She's developing such an amazing connection with animals, it will be interesting to see what comes of this.
And there were cows and milking displays.
And of course, because we're in Australia at our show you'll also find a crocodile.
Which you can touch, if you want to.
And snakes, again touching is optional. The snakes and crocodile were part of a reptile show.
And then a stroll through side show alley.
"Every child's a winner"
Couldn't go past the clowns, love the clowns.
And then on to the rodeo. This was my first time to ever watch a rodeo, l was surprised at how fun it was.
First up were the juniors on the poddy calves.
To me the stars of the show were the clowns, especially this one. Oh my word, do they earn their money!
No show experience is complete without a showbag, but which one to pick?
As the sun went down, the show came alive with bright lights and noise.
Till next year North Coast National.