GUSTY wind and threatening storm clouds did not stop hundreds of cowboys, cowgirls and motoring enthusiasts from strapping in for the annual Melton Mowbray Rodeo.
More than 2000 people turned out for the rural event in the southern Midlands at the weekend, which showcased the best of Tasmania’s wool shearing, bull riding, woodchopping and ute mustering.
Paige Blyth, of Chigwell, who competed in the ute muster contest and took out the gong for the Loudest V6 engine, said the Melton Mowbray Rodeo was a highlight on the southern Midlands calendar.
“There needs to be more rodeos around the state, particularly inclusive of ute musters and other events like the sheep shearing,” she said. Ms Blyth’s 1995 VR Holden Commodore registered a roar of 98.1 decibels — a louder than a Boeing 737 aircraft.
“It’s my second year competing in the event’s ute muster contest and my sixth year coming along to the rodeo and it’s always been a bit of fun,” Ms Blyth said.
Melton Mowbray Community Association president Ben Sculthorpe said despite some worrying weather early in the day, crowds flocked to enjoy the event.
Mr Sculthorpe said the event would go close to raising $12,000 for charities, including the Buy a Bale drought appeal campaign.