GAYNDAH SHOW RETURN FOR 104TH YEAR
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.”
ROUGH ACTION: The rodeo will be a main attraction pulling the crowds at Gayndah Show.