Rodeo the place to be loud and proud

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

GUSTY wind and storm clouds did not keep hun­dreds of cow­boys, cow­girls and ute en­thu­si­asts from the an­nual Mel­ton Mowbray Rodeo last Satur­day.

More than 2000 peo­ple turned out for the South­ern Midlands event show­cas­ing sheep shear­ing, bull rid­ing, horse events and wood­chop­ping.

Paige Blyth, who com­peted in the ute muster con­test and took out the gong for the loud­est V6 engine, said the rodeo was a high­light on the lo­cal cal­en­dar.

“I think there needs to be more rodeos around the state, par­tic­u­larly in­clu­sive of ute musters and other events like the sheep shear­ing,” she said.

Ms Blyth’s 1995 VR Holden Com­modore recorded 98.1 deci­bels which is louder than a Boe­ing 737 air­craft.

“It’s my sec­ond year com­pet­ing in the event’s ute muster con­test and my sixth year com­ing along to the rodeo and it’s al­ways been a bit of fun,” Ms Blyth said.

Mel­ton Mowbray Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ben Sculthorpe said the event would go close to rais­ing $12,000 for char­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Buy a Bale drought-ap­peal cam­paign for farm­ers.

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