Num­bers down at sports car­ni­val

Dal­larnil Sports Club forced to re­think car­ni­val date af­ter Queen’s Birth­day hol­i­day switched

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree

Dal­larnil Sports Club pres­i­dent Rod Wil­son This year we were com­pet­ing against seven shows and it knocked a hole in the crowd.

COLD and blus­tery con­di­tions greeted pa­trons at the an­nual Dal­larnil Sports Car­ni­val but the day warmed up when the ac­tion com­menced.

Switched from the Mon­day to the Satur­day for the first time in 95 years to ac­com­mo­date the mov­ing of the Queen’s Birth­day pub­lic hol­i­day, the Dal­larnil Sports Club event went ahead on June 25.

Club pres­i­dent Rod Wil­son said or­gan­is­ers would have to look at when to hold the event next year to avoid a clash of dates.

“But it is so hard to pick a day as there as so much on these days,” he said.

“This year we were com­pet­ing against seven shows and it knocked a hole in the crowd.

“A num­ber of reg­u­lar rid­ers and their horses fol­low the show cir­cuit so num­bers were down in the open horse events as well as the wood­chop.

“Events were changed to ac­com­mo­date those who had nom­i­nated.”

Mr Wil­son said the club had started the year with­out a sec­re­tary but Loretta Hether­ing­ton and Bev Mooney stepped up to take on the task.

“They did a great job,” he said.

“We are only a small band of vol­un­teers so any sup­port is ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Mr Wil­son had hoped pa­trons would stay back and en­joy a yarn, a beer and some tucker while watch­ing the rodeo.

“In the end we sold out of food plus they drank plenty but then the freez­ing cold chased some home,” he said.

Mr Wil­son said while num­bers were down the rodeo was still a suc­cess.

“There was still a good show,” he said.

“Bai­ley Wood­ward rode time to win the open bull ride from Rus­sell Holzwart.”

Mr Wil­son paid trib­ute to Len Jansan with his rov­ing mi­cro­phone.

Mr Jansan said it was great to see some of the old bri­gade in at­ten­dance that had sup­ported the an­nual car­ni­val over many years.

Mr Jansan said he had been in­volved with the Dal­larnil Sports Car­ni­val for the past 50 years and had plenty of good mem­o­ries.

One of his ear­li­est mem­o­ries is of rid­ing one of Gor­don Webb’s bulls in the fea­ture ride in 1967.

“I got 25 bob for my ef­forts,” he said.

The car­ni­val was a fun day for the kids with many par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pony club events be­fore tak­ing their shoes off and run­ning in the ath­let­ics events or hav­ing a go in the poddy ride.

A first for the car­ni­val was the stock­man’s chal­lenge which had par­tic­i­pants putting yard pan­els to­gether, ham­mer­ing nails, push­ing bags of grain in wheel­bar­rows and carting wa­ter and bales of hay.

PHO­TOS: ERICA MUR­REE

RID­ING HIGH: Dee Michael, Tea­gan Bechly, David Holt and Ta­mara Buczma took out the Dou­glas Jensen Me­mo­rial Bend event at the Dal­larnil Sports Car­ni­val.

1. Ni­cola McGre­gor of Mt Perry. 2. Mykaela Vi­cary shows her strength. 3. Em­mer­son Wag­ner is fol­low­ing in her mother Amanda's foot­steps. 4. Is­abelle Holt, Am­ber Bauer, Emi Carl­son, Mad­di­son Kuh­nell, Court­ney Spry (pen­ciller) and Mad­dysen Lau­mann. 5. Suzette Holt in the 60cm jump. 6. Cather­ine White, Court­ney Spry and Jo­han­nah Kelly. 7. Arthur Din­gle, Peter White­house, Danny Staib and Len Jansan. 8. Wait­ing pa­tiently for their next event. 9. Off and run­ning at Dal­larnil Sports. 10. Tanya Michael of Mun­dub­bera in ac­tion. 11. Young­sters take in­struc­tion for their race. 12. Michelle Kin­bacher with Loretta Hether­ing­ton. 13. Myles Holt re­ceives her prize.

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