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Truck yeah! Casino gets truckin’ again

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CANCELLED on 29 June 2021

The trucks are back.

After last year’s truck show was cancelled because of covid, the North Coast Petroleum Casino Truck Show returns to the Casino CBD on Saturday, August 7.

Casino truck show
On a roll: photo from a previous truck show in Casino. Photo: contributed.

This will be its ninth occurrence. The event is coordinated by local truck driver Darren Goodwin and the NCP Casino Truck Show team with support from the Casino Beef Week Committee and Richmond Valley Council.

Mr Goodwin said public health orders may mean the truck show looks a little different this year but organisers were determined it would be a show to remember.

One major change to this year’s show is that pre-registrations are essential for the show to be a success.

The team is expecting up to 300 trucks with chrome polished to perfection and some 40 categories to be won including the prestige Tiny Lollback Rig of the Show.

“Local trucking companies will be joined by an influx of trucks from right around Australia, all vying for more than 60 trophies for best rig,” Mr Goodwin said.

“Exhibitors will showcase a range of vehicles including working trucks, new trucks, customised trucks, rigid trucks, fleets and vintage and restored trucks.”

Entry is $30 per truck and registration includes competition entry and truck parking at the event.

Aussie FMX, one of Australia’s top professional freestyle motocross teams, will be back to entertain the crowds and there would be plenty of kid-friendly activities such as amusements, rides and face painting, he said.

Richmond Valley Council’s community service delivery director Angela Jones was thrilled to hear the Casino Truck Show would go ahead this year after a challenging 18 months.

Casino truck show
A previous truck show in Casino. Photo: contributed

Droughts, bushfires, floods and the covid pandemic had a significant impact on our towns and villages so it was especially important to make sure cultural and community events were given the support they needed to return as quickly as possible, Ms Jones said.

Council sees events and festivals as a means to revitalise the local economy and would continue to support them to grow well into the future.

More information at casinotruckshow.com.au

Show gets on the road

Darren Goodwin and the late Tiny Lollback both loved the trucking industry and their hometown of Casino. So they started Casino Truck Show in 2011 following the demise of the Lismore Show.

The inaugural show was held in the Primex grounds and remained there for three years before moving to the town centre.

In 2019 the number of trucks entering the show hit 251 trucks, up from the 207 of 2018.

Richmond River Independent 23 June 2021

This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 23 June 2021.


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