RID­ERS ROPE IN AT RODEO

Spec­ta­tors gather for a crack­ing time at the Au­gathella Easter event

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Martin Volz

RODEO: Au­gathella put on its show lights last Satur­day night to en­ter­tain a crowd of 600 rodeo spec­ta­tors.

With more than 250 in­di­vid­ual nom­i­na­tions for the Easter event, com­pe­ti­tion was tough.

Au­gathella Rodeo Dig­gers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Keith Clarke said the event drew a large crowd of spec­ta­tors and com­peti­tors due to its lo­ca­tion and up­graded fa­cil­i­ties.

“Along with the Au­gathella races, the rodeo is the big­gest eco­nomic boost of the year,” Mr Clarke said.

“We draw a large crowd and com­peti­tors be­cause of the im­prove­ments over the last 10 years.”

A new light­ing sys­tem, used for the first time this year, gave the com­pe­ti­tion a new look for night-time events.

“Lo­cals thought the later fin­ish (7.30pm) was great,” Mr Clarke said.

The event also fea­tured a new LED score­board.

Named the Queens­land Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mit­tee of the Year twice in the past four years, the com­pe­ti­tion of­fers rid­ers ev­ery event avail­able on the cir­cuit.

Mr Clarke said the Au­gathella rodeo also gave youths the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved.

“There is a plat­form in ju­ve­nile events and events cater for ev­ery age group,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG CROWD: The Au­gathella rodeo drew spec­ta­tors from as far as Western Aus­tralia to watch some of the best bronc rid­ing in south-west Queens­land.

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