Sweltering rodeo still a success
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.
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.