Rodeo to sup­port lo­cal child­care and com­mu­nity

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

THE com­mu­nity of Theodore is gear­ing up for what they hope to be a big event on the so­cial cal­en­der.

Theodore Early Child­hood Cen­tre is host­ing a Theodore’s Xtreme 1 Servo Bulls & Bar­rels Bo­nanza next month.

TECC trea­surer Bron­wyn Brun­ton said the com­mit­tee was re­ally ex­cited and plans were com­ing along smoothly.

“It is re­ally good, prob­a­bly turned out to be a bit big­ger than we first an­tic­i­pated,” she said. “One of our spon­sors put up $3000 for the open bull ride; it is prob­a­bly dou­ble than we nor­mally we get around here.”

Since then, it has been a trickle ef­fect.

“With that then comes good bulls, we have PBR bulls com­ing,” Bron­wyn said.

“So it should be a good show.”

A num­ber of events have been planned that dif­fer­en­ti­ate the lo­cal rodeo from oth­ers.

“We are hav­ing an over 40s bull­ride,” Bron­wyn said. “It is one of the first in Cen­tral Queens­land.”

“The guy who ap­proached us to host it is from Syd­ney so he will be fly­ing up,” Bron­wyn said.

“There will be peo­ple fly­ing from all over the coun­try.”

A lo­cal celebrity steer ride is also on the agenda.

“We have some lo­cal kindy dads and a kindy aunty who are en­ter­ing,” Bron­wyn said.

The chance to watch a lo­cal mate fall off a horse, steer or bull has stirred a lot of in­ter­est.

“It’s proven to be a pop­u­lar event; our likes have all gone through the roof since we an­nounced it,” Bron­wyn said.

On the side­lines there will still be plenty of ac­tion.

“We are re­ally pro­mot­ing it as a fam­ily friendly event, show bags, rides, face paint­ing,” Bron­wyn said.

“There will be food and stalls for western wear.

Pro­ceeds from the event will be go­ing to the cen­tre for some much-needed up­grades.

“We re­ally need some grass, at the mo­ment it is just a dust bowl,” Bron­wyn Theodore’s Xtreme 1 Servo Bulls & Bar­rels Bo­nanza Lucky door prizes, mu­sic, camp­ing, bar, food.

All pro­ceeds go to Theodore Early Child­hood Cen­tre Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7, 4pm till late

$10 for an adult, $30 for a fam­ily, $5 for a child

said. “We re­ally want to get a wa­ter sys­tem and some grass for the kids to run.

“And up­grade our safety area and re­plen­ish some sand – so a lot on the out­door area.”

Not only will it bring money to the cen­tre but en­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren and they all can’t wait for the night.

“We have a few kids sign­ing up for the poddy rides and they are def­i­nitely go­ing to be there to sup­port their dads at the celebrity ride,” Bron­wyn said.

The com­mu­nity has also ral­lied be­hind the event as it is the first rodeo held in Theodore in 10 or 15 years.

“The com­mu­nity is so look­ing for­ward to it, it has been decades since we have had a rodeo,“Bron­wyn said. “If they can’t af­ford to spon­sor they are do­nat­ing their time or equip­ment.

“To say I am over­whelmed by all the help I have re­ceived is a mas­sive

un­der­state­ment. I don’t know how we will thank them all.”

The event will also boost the town’s econ­omy.

“The ac­com­mo­da­tion at the pub is booked out, we will be get­ting fuel and food for the day,“Bron­wyn said. “So it will bring a lot of money into the town.”

“And the kindy can stay open and the work­ing fam­i­lies can keep work­ing,” Bron­wyn said. “If the kindy wasn’t there, there would be a lot of busi­nesses that wouldn’t work as well or be short of work­ers.

PHOTO: STROM LAHIFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

ROYAL RODEO: War­wick Rodeo Queen Ash­leigh Grant will make an ap­pear­ance.

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