SOME things in life are certain and one of those is Lismore's North Coast National. The show opens its gates to the public today for the 131st time since 1884.
While the 30 000 people expected to attend can be sure they will experience many of their favourite attractions and experiences, there is a health lifestyle theme featuring at the show this year.
The HCF Health and Lifestyle Pavilion will be providing 'Bike-n-Blend' juice stations as well as 'Shade Pod' chill out zones. HCF is helping the Show move into the digital age, with free Wi-Fi available at the Pavilion and an interactive digital experience.
As well as the Dagwood Dogs and fairy floss The National will also take on a distinctly international flavour with a diverse number of eating outlets from around the world, as well as the usual organic stalls that take place at the show ground each week.
The community event remains true to its rural roots with Monster Trucks and on Saturday night the boys and girls from the bush will bring all the excitement of the Rodeo and Barrel Racing to the program.
The Viking Village will be in place as well as Macadamia Castle's Animal Nursery and Reptile World, not to mention Side Show Alley. There will also be a full program of Americana and Country Folk music each night from 5pm (along with a Mechanical Bull), the Woodchop Comp, Steer Auction, the Lego Challenge, Bubble Soccer and the Circus.
The Lismore A & I Society have worked especially hard this year to make sure the event is affordable to families by offering earlybird tickets and a new $65 family membership which provides special entry.
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