Buckin’ good time to be had

Townsville Bulletin - - Nye — Party Central -

A FULL-ON eveningof rodeo ac­tion, fam­ily fun and par­ty­ing is planned for Black River to­mor­row night.

Black River Rodeo or­gan­iser Bill Con­don said the New Year’s Eve event had some­thing­for ev­ery­one.

‘‘There is good fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and a mid­night disco for all the rev­ellers that like to party on,’’ Mr Con­don said.

The Black River Sta­dium gates will open at 10am, with the ju­nior rodeo to kick off at mid­day.

The Bulls ’n’ Bar­rels event starts at 6pm, fol­lowed by the grand en­try at 7pm, with se­nior rodeo ac­tion to kick on un­til 10.30pm.

Mr Con­don said he was thrilled with the high cal­i­bre of bull rid­ers com­petingin the event.

‘‘We’ll have ar­guably one of the coun­try’s best bull rid­ers Michael Cord­ing­ley (from Ma­reeba) here,’’ he said.

The young­sters will be en­ter­tained un­til the mid­night hour with games in the main arena af­ter the rodeo from 10.30pm.

‘‘That re­ally gives the par­ents a chance to kick back, they can see their kids playin­gin the arena from the hill un­til mid­night,’’ Mr Con­don said.

And it wouldn’t be a New Year’s cel­e­bra­tion with­out a fire­works dis­play, and the rodeo has this cov­ered at mid­night.

‘‘The Li­ons kitchen will be of­fer­ing­burg ers, pasta and all the fam­ily favourites,’’ Mr Con­don said.

A bar will op­er­ate on site, with no al­co­hol al­lowed to be taken inside the grounds.

A disco with a bigscreen will kick off af­ter the fire­works un­til 3am.

‘‘We seem to be grow­ing each year, we al­ways get our reg­u­lar crew and they keep com­ing­back be­cause they have such a good time,’’ he said.

Mr Con­don and his wife Joan have or­gan­ised the New Year’s rodeo for 11 years.

He said findingy­our way home af­ter the event would be no prob­lem, with free camp­ing of­fered on the grounds, so there was no need to leave un­til af­ter break­fast the next day.

Sun­bus de­parts Flin­ders Mall for the sta­dium at 5.45pm, Stock­land at 6pm and Wil­lows at 6.10pm. The bus will re­turn at 1am. Rodeo tick­ets cost $20 for adults, $15 con­ces­sion, school aged chil­dren $10, a fam­ily of four for $50, with an ex­tra child $5, while chil­dren un­der school age are free.

Break­fast on Jan­uary 1 costs $6.50, and starts at 7am.

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