Swel­ter­ing rodeo still a suc­cess

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPITERI

MYRTLEFORD Li­ons Golden Spurs Rodeo or­gan­iser, Dar­ren Mur­phy, is pos­i­tive those that at­tended the an­nual Box­ing Day event would have en­joyed the night.

A top heat of 37 de­grees in Myrtleford robbed the crowd of up to 700 peo­ple as an es­ti­mated 1800 en­tered the gates, down from the ex­pected 2500.

“It was a balmy night but the show was a good one,” Mr Mur­phy said.

“The rodeo was ex­tremely high class with cow­boys com­ing from as far as West­ern Aus­tralia and Queens­land; they all said they loved the set­ting and the event.

“It’s the Li­ons clubs ma­jor fundraiser of the year and all the funds go back into the com­mu­nity, we try and sup­port the town be­cause it sup­ports us all year.”

On­look­ers even­tu­ally en­joyed per­fect con­di­tions as the sun set and the mer­cury dropped with many lo­cals mak­ing the most of the green grass on the hill and ice cold re­fresh­ments.

The night’s en­ter­tain­ment for the first time fea­tured 10 “Lit­tle Tack- ers” who were each in­ter­viewed and treated like stars for the night.

The “Top Six Shootout” also jack­pot­ted, putting the prize pool up to $4,000 for the 2019 event.

Mr Mur­phy quashed sug­ges­tions that the bar was shut ear­lier than usual.

“Un­for­tu­nately the show went on un­til 11.30 at night and our liquor li­cense was only un­til 11,” he said.

“That is noth­ing dif­fer­ent, we had work­ers there from 4pm un­til 11pm, the rodeo nor­mally fin­ishes at 10.30 and we al­low an ex­tra half an hour for peo­ple to have a drink af­ter the pro­gram but this year it ran on.”

An ad­di­tional hour’s ser­vice would have re­quired an ex­tra eight crowd con­trollers at a cost of $60 each.

“That’s where it be­comes a bit cost pro­hib­i­tive and I think that’s some­thing peo­ple can un­der­stand,” Mr Mur­phy said.

“Over­all, it was a fan­tas­tic event but un­for­tu­nately that was not re­flected through the gate be­cause it was just too hot, we’ve had some wet ones (in the past) and now this year peo­ple thought it was too hot but that hap­pens.

“We re­ally want to thank the peo­ple who did turn up and we ap­pre­ci­ated those who turned up to clean the next day and the foot­ball club that did all the cater­ing on the night.”

The Myrtleford Rodeo will later this year be pre­sented with an award from the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion (APRA) to fur­ther their long and his­tor­i­cal rep­u­ta­tion.

“That rep­u­ta­tion re­ally helps us be able to at­tract cow­boys to ride bulls, there are a few les­sons for us to learn in terms of how we do things but this re­mains a great com­mu­nity event,” Mr Mur­phy added.

PHOTO: Dou­ble D Pho­tos

LIVE AC­TION: 1800 peo­ple were treated to a stun­ning dis­play at the Myrtleford Rodeo on Box­ing Day with some of the na­tion’s best cow­boys turn­ing out for the event.

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