Rodeo com­ing to Beech­worth

North East Tourist News - - Beechworth -

BEECH­WORTH will sad­dle up for a rodeo – a new sport­ing and en­ter­tain­ment event for the town – on Jan­uary 4 next year.

The Indigo Fu­els’ Beech­worth Rodeo is to be staged for the first time on farm­land at the back of May­day Hills.

It will in­clude the full gamut of rodeo events and cul­mi­nate in an open bull ride.

The rodeo is a joint fundraiser for the Beech­worth Foot­ball Net­ball Club (BFNC) and the Beech­worth Wan­der­ers’ Cricket Club (BWCC).

Nam­ing rights spon­sor­ship has been se­cured from Indigo Fu­els’ owner-op­er­a­tor Frank Wadi .

BFNC pres­i­dent Bret Lacey said Indigo Fu­els was new to the com­mu­nity – hav­ing re­cently bought the for­mer Am­pol ser­vice sta­tion in High Street.

“It’s fan­tas­tic for Frank to take such a lead­ing role with this event as a real show of good­will to­wards the com­mu­nity,” Lacey said.

Other ma­jor spon­sors in­clude the Com­mer­cial Club Al­bury, Indigo Stam­pede, Ge­orges Bar & Restau­rant, Beech­worth Real Es­tate, The Hiber­nian Ho­tel, Dick Carey, LDJ pho­tos and WAW Credit Union.

The or­gan­is­ing clubs have also re­ceived fund­ing from Indigo Shire Coun­cil eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

They hope that the com­mit­tee will also help to pro­mote and stage the event.

Both clubs are ex­cited about host­ing a dif­fer­ent sport­ing spec­ta­cle for Beech­worth.

They be­lieve it will be a fam­ily-friendly event and will at­tract in­ter­est from lo­cal peo­ple and many hol­i­day mak­ers in the area in the early new year.

“We hope this will be the first year of an an­nual event that will run for many years to come,“said Wan­der­ers’ club pres­i­dent Rodger Bid­dolf.

“We think it’s great that the clubs can work to­gether to put on a new, ex­cit­ing event for the town.”

PHOTO: Mark Stephens

HOE­DOWN: Beech­worth Foot­ball Net­ball Club pres­i­dent Bret Lacey (left) wel­comes spon­sor­ship for the Beech­worth rodeo from Indigo Fu­els’ Frank Wadi.

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