Rodeo show must go on

WHAT GOES UP: Shane Austin prepares for a hard landing during his bareback ride at the Golden Spurs Rodeo on Boxing Day. PHOTO: Christian Jemison

HEAVY rain could not deter the crowds from Myrtleford’s Golden Spurs Rodeo on Boxing Day with around 2500 people turning out for the popular annual event.

Around 15-20mm of rain fell on the morning of the rodeo before the heavens cleared and organisers pushed ahead with the program.

“Once the rain abated we turned the sods over and the surface was in great condition,” Darren Murphy, Golden Spurs rodeo committee secretary, said.

“The feedback from the crowd after the event was positive, the contractors were happy and the competitors were happy.”

While the preliminary events started at the later time of 2pm the main program went ahead as scheduled from 4pm with the event winding up right on time at 10.30pm.

Mr Murphy said the crowd quickly adapted to the cooler than normal conditions with hot food vendors selling out and hospitality tents selling more spirits than beer.

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