Chuckles may have last laugh at muster
CHUCKLES may have the last laugh with bull riders while those attempting the saddle bronc may run into Troubled Waters at the 61st Curry Merry Muster Festival.
Chuckles and Troubled Waters are the top- ranked bull and saddle bronc horse in Australia and Cloncurry will be their last stop in the North.
Billed as Australia’s highest single-- payout professional rodeo, with individual prizemoney of up to $ 2000, the Curry Merry Muster is expected to attract more than 500 competitors.
Event organisers predict record crowds of more than 7000 people.
The event begins tomorrow with a street parade in Cloncurry featuring up to 35 floats, followed by the rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Other attractions include a junior rodeo, Bush Poet’s breakfast, Teddy Bears’ Picnic and live entertainment over three nights. Curry Merry Muster president Jeremy Grimm said the three- day event had taken on its own identity. “The rodeo will be up close with a big screen for replays and it will be world- class,” he said.
For more information, visit curry merry muster. com. au CLONCURRY WOMAN IN RODEO QUEST: RURAL INSIGHT, Pages 24, 25
CRACKING IT: Rob Chaplain from Wynberg Station practises with a whip ahead of the Curry Merry Muster Festival.