Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd Zhanae.Con­way-Dodd@cap­news.com.au

BRON­WYN Brun­ton’s

(in­set) first ques­tion when she moved to Theodore three years ago was, “when is the rodeo on?”

She had lived in small coun­try towns be­fore so was taken back when the lo­cals in­formed her there hadn’t been a rodeo in the area for around 20 years.

“Well you can’t have a small town with­out a rodeo,” Bron­wyn said on hear­ing the news.

From there Bron­wyn be­came a part of the TECCA com­mit­tee.

On join­ing she found that vol­un­teers al­ways felt like they were do­nat­ing their time through bake sales

and other small fundrais­ers.

“I thought why don’t we just have one big fundraiser a year,” Bron­wyn said. “That way we are only ask­ing for help once a year.”

And so was born Theodore’s Bulls And Bar­rels Bonanza in 2017.

The first year of the rodeo saw crowds in ex­cess of 1000 peo­ple and the com­mit­tee hopes that this year will see close to dou­ble that.

“Or­gan­is­ing has been go­ing re­ally well,” Bron­wyn said.

“We are ex­pect­ing a big­ger crowd then we had last year.

“Last year we ex­pected 600 peo­ple to turn up and we ended up with 1200 but this year we just have to ramp that up as we aim for a crowd of 2000.

“Last year lo­cals said it was prob­a­bly the big­gest event they had seen in Theodore,” she said.

“Then they had the event where the Bron­cos

came to town not long af­ter us and that ex­ceeded that.

“Now we are hop­ing to ex­ceed those num­bers.”

This year the com­mit­tee has added in ex­tra events in hopes to ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.

As well as the bulls and bar­rels there will also be freestyle mo­tocross bikes on show and a mon­ster truck which will of­fer kids free rides.

“Putting the mo­tor­bikes in al­lowed us to sell it across a lot wider scope I sup­pose,” Bron­wyn said.

“So the peo­ple who weren’t re­ally in­ter­ested in the rodeo side of things would come for the mo­tor bikes and vice versa.

“We also like to do a free en­ter­tain­ment for the kids,”

she said.

“So once they pay their gate ad­mis­sion they can

try out the jumping cas­tles, big slides and other rides as well.”


NEW COM­MIT­TEE: Jo Pick­ham (vice pres­i­dent), Jessica Scot­ney (grants co-or­di­na­tor), Leah Hewitt (sec­re­tary), Alyce Shoe­craft (trea­surer) and Jessica Weimar (pres­i­dent) hold new po­si­tions on the com­mit­tee which or­gan­ises the an­nual Theodore rodeo.

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