Fresh changes for rodeo

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

It will be a fresh, new look rodeo this year at Winch­ester as or­gan­is­ers hope some new ad­di­tions will boost crowd num­bers.

The Winch­ester Rodeo Club event, which usu­ally marks the start of the lo­cal rodeo sea­son, will be held on Oc­to­ber 21.

Winch­ester Rodeo Club pres­i­dent Steve Hous­ton said for the first time lo­cal arts and crafts stalls will be added for lo­cal busi­nesses to pro­mote prod­ucts, and to cre­ate a day for the whole fam­ily.

‘‘So if dad and the kids wanted to go to the rodeo and mum doesn’t, it’s so mum can come and maybe buy some­thing too.’’

Be­tween 18 and 20 lo­cal arts and crafts and food stalls from South Can­ter­bury busi­nesses will be on dis­play, with food tast­ings and gift shops.

The club wanted to cre­ate more than just a rodeo so it was a day out the whole fam­ily can en­joy, Hous­ton said.

Prepa­ra­tions would start ramp­ing up for the rodeo next week.

Hous­ton was hope­ful good weather would draw in large crowds of 4000 or 5000peo­ple. About 3000 peo­ple at­tended last year’s event.

He said mem­bers of the South Can­ter­bury Hunt­ing Club, Geral­dine Girl Guides, Geral­dine Lions Club, and AgriKids from Geral­dine High school would all help with li­ais­ing and rub­bish col­lec­tion on the day, and would re­ceive money for their con­tri­bu­tion.

Hous­ton said the event was weather de­pen­dent, but would only be can­celled if it was ‘‘re­ally wet’’ and the wel­fare of the an­i­mals be­came a con­cern.

‘‘For us the an­i­mals come first, the cow­boys come sec­ond.’’

On the Fri­day night the Pleas­ant Point Ho­tel, a ma­jor spon­sor, will be putting a pig on the spit for mem­bers of the pub­lic and rid­ers be­fore the event.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased on en­try,with adults cost­ing $20 and chil­dren un­der 16 cost­ing $10. Fam­ily con­ces­sion passes were also avail­able. Gates would open from 8.30am with the main events ex­pected to start from noon, Hous­ton said.

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Steve Hous­ton hopes for a suc­cess­ful rodeo.

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