Rodeo the place to be loud and proud
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.