Casino goes on Show

Casino Showgirl Louise Bennett with Casino Show Society president Doug Bennett and vice-president Terry Serone at the Kyogle Show on Saturday where the Bennetts cow Kira-Sue won champion Braford. The family hope to make it a double at this Saturdays Casino Show.

Casinos Louise Bennett is a busy girl.

The 2005 Miss Casino Showgirl is a member of the Casino districts oldest cattle farming family, the Bennett clan from Little Valley Grazing, and has been busy washing and grooming their prized beasts for local shows.

Her family had a big win at the Kyogle Show on Saturday, with their Braford cattle named the champion all breeds exhibit their cow Kira-Sue being the most impressive animal on the day. And they hope to make it a double when they compete at the 118th Casino Show this Saturday, October 14, at the Casino Showgrounds.

Im a real cow person always have been and always will be, said Louise. They are such friendly animals, and you get really attached to them. You hope someone in the crowd is looking to buy your animals, but then its always sad when you have to let one go.

Louise, from Stratheden, has been going to the Casino Show her entire life, and believes its a wonderful way to create a close-knit community.

It certainly brings people together, she said. Plus it gives people who live in town a real taste of country life.

As well as all the traditional livestock competitions, horse events and dog shows, this years Casino Show features free performances by the Ashtons Circus with their giant space wheel, juggling and trapeze. The opening at 2pm is followed by a grand parade of livestock and the announcement of the 2006 Miss Casino Showgirl. Theres also woodchopping competitions, Old McDonalds Farm for the kids, cooking and craft exhibits, a ute muster, a horse cutting competition, the traditional Show rides, Sideshow Alley and much more.

The day will culminate with a free circus and bull ride on Saturday night, featuring lots of live entertainment.

Entry to the Casino Show is $11 for an adult or $22 for a family.

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