Buckin’ good time to be had
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.