GAYN­DAH SHOW RE­TURN FOR 104TH YEAR

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE are two ques­tions Gayn­dah Show So­ci­ety Vice Pres­i­dent Cameron Polzin gets asked most in the lead up to the Gayn­dah Show.

“Will there be wood chop­ping and is there a rodeo,” he said.

Af­ter years of Gayn­dah Show go­ing with­out a rodeo, this year he can fi­nally an­swer yes to both ques­tions.

“We haven’t had any event like this for a few years so it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for the com­mit­tee that we were able to get that back into the pro­gram,” Mr Polzin said.

Gayn­dah’s 104th An­nual Show will fea­ture the in­au­gu­ral rodeo for the Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion’s North Bur­nett Buckle Se­ries.

Just hours later, Eidsvold will also hold its rodeo in the se­ries but Mr Polzin said that was only good news for the Gayn­dah Show.

“We will be kick­ing off a lit­tle early, around 2.30pm so the com­peti­tors can make it over to Eidsvold later in the even­ing for their 6.30pm rodeo,” Mr Polzin said.

“With that we should gain quite a few com­peti­tors be­cause they’ll be com­ing to the round to for not just one but two rodeos.”

He said in past years the rea­son the show so­ci­ety had strug­gled to host a rodeo was due to the hefty costs.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of re­ally dry sea­sons that have been hard on our com­mu­nity and their hasn’t been a lot of money free for spon­sor­ships,” Mr Polzin said.

“It’s not just the prize money but pay­ing the con­trac­tors, insurance fees and hav­ing an am­bu­lance on hand for safety.”

But this year has been dif­fer­ent.

“We’re very lucky and very ap­pre­cia­tive,” he said.

“We have had all of our prize money sponsored as well as gen­eral event costs which is great.”

The show will draw com­peti­tors from be­yond the North Bur­nett for both bull rid­ing and bar­rel rac­ing.

Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia has more than 30 com­peti­tors reg­is­tered to com­pete from Her­vey Bay and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“We’ve given them the grounds so es­sen­tially they will be run­ning their own event within the show,” Mr Polzin said.

“That will be a bit of a trial run for the event here and we’re happy to host the ex­tra com­peti­tors.”

Gayn­dah Show So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Stu­art Kirk said this year the show had a strong com­mit­tee and he looked for­ward to a great show.

“We’ve been do­ing it for a few years as a team and we know what’s re­quired to put on a good show,” Mr Kirk said.

“I'm es­pe­cially ex­cited to see how the rodeo is re­ceived be­cause I think that’s go­ing to be a big draw card.”

PHOTO: FILE

ROUGH AC­TION: The rodeo will be a main at­trac­tion pulling the crowds at Gayn­dah Show.

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