Show provides food for thought

The North Coast National has become the annual gathering of the tribes from across our region. There are cowboys riding bulls, gourmet food producers, artists, musicians and all kinds of other eclectic interests represented at the Show, and the formula of keeping the traditional elements of a country show while introducing new elements seems to be working.

Show Society president John Gibson said gate takings were up 5-10 % and the feedback he was getting was almost universally positive.

“It’s taken us four or five years to get to this stage. We used to be told ‘it’s the same old show’ but I think if you hadn’t been for a few years you’d hardly recognise it now and I think it’s changed for the better. It definitely represents what’s happening in our area,” he said.

Mr Gibson said the Northern Rivers Food Celebration had been particularly well received and would grow in the future and the Sustainable Living Expo was the biggest they’d had in the three years it had been running.


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