Fresh changes for rodeo
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.
Steve Houston hopes for a successful rodeo.