Rodeo sparks future interest
Goroke Apex Rodeo organisers are unsure whether the event will become an annual fixture on the town’s calendar despite hailing it as a big success.
An estimated crowd of more than 1500 people attended the rodeo at Goroke Showground on Saturday night.
It was the first time the town had hosted a rodeo since the mid-1990s. The event served as a fundraiser for the Apex Club of Goroke.
Club president Jarred Lowe said feedback from riders and patrons had been overwhelmingly positive.
“We were very happy with it, that’s for sure, and all the feedback from people around the place has been really good,” he said.
“There were competitors and cowboys that said if we run it again they’re coming back and they’re bringing mates.
“All the bull riders think we should be going around again next year, but we’ll have to down as a club and see what we all reckon.”
Mr Lowe admitted the effort of organising the rodeo had been exhausting.
“There were a lot of people who put a lot of time and effort into it,” he said.
“The organising subcommittee started work on Thursday morning getting things in place and we were all still here on Monday helping clean up.
“We’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and have a talk about it to see if we can work out the general feeling. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing it go again. Whether I’ve got it in me to do all the work again is a different story.”
Despite running at the same time as a Professional Bull Riders rodeo in Ballarat, Mr Lowe said the quality of riders at Goroke had been high. Heywood’s Sam Woodall pocketed $3720 as the winner of the open bull ride section. sit