Chuck­les may have last laugh at muster

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EVAN MOR­GAN

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

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

CRACK­ING IT: Rob Chap­lain from Wyn­berg Sta­tion prac­tises with a whip ahead of the Curry Merry Muster Fes­ti­val.

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