Great Western Rodeo grows in popularity

The Great Western Rodeo will be held again this year on Good Friday at the Great Western Recreation Reserve.

The organising committee has again decided to focus on making the event family friendly and is keen to attract a large number of people holidaying in the region.

To this extent they have increased the size of the alcohol free zone to cater for more families who wish to attend.

As one of Australia's leading annual rodeos, the Great Western Rodeo will feature many of the country's leading champions in an action packed evening of thrills and spills from outstanding courageous riders.

"This year's rodeo will be one of the best ever. We have planned another spectacular event that is sure to excite rodeo enthusiasts and local public alike," event manager, Danny Hoare, said.

The gates will open at 10am Good Friday morning. The preliminary events (slacks) will kick off at midday with the main rodeo commencing at 3pm. Popular band 'Last Stand' will provide the evening's entertainment, performing live from approximately 8.30pm until 11pm.

This is strictly a no BYO event, with security enforcement in place. A licensed bar will offer drinks at reasonable prices and a variety of food vendors will be present, together with a range of children's entertainment options.

As well as the Northern Grampians Shire and the GWFNC major sponsor, Rhodes Plumbing, many local businesses have again come on board to support the event.

The support of these businesses ensures that the event is a success each year.

"It's fantastic that so many are sponsoring the event this year. We can't stress enough how important our sponsors are," Danny Hoare said.

"They are always there to help the community and we want them to know that we appreciate their support.

"We invite any business thinking of becoming one of the rodeo's sponsors to join our growing team either this year or next."

The rodeo is part of the annual fundraising events for the entire Great Western community with most local clubs benefiting from their participation in The Great Western Rodeo. These include the Great Western Football and Netball Club, Great Western Archery Club, the Riding Club and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management.

All proceeds from the event support the continued growth and development of the clubs that form what is the heart of a local community.

Entry fees - Adults $25, Aged Concession $10, Children under 16 - $10, Family of two adults and two children $60 (additional children $10, Children under five are free.

Free camping - There is free camping available on the reserve for the Friday night. Anyone wishing to stay longer may do so for a small fee. Good amenities are located within the reserve which makes it an ideal location for the family, ute traveller or backpacker alike.

Recovery breakfast - On Saturday morning a recovery breakfast will be available for a small charge from 6.30am. The hot breakfast is really welcomed by the late night revellers.

"It is important to us that everyone has a fantastic night and we are always aiming to improve the rodeo experience for all who attend," Danny Hoare said.

"Not many people have been to a rodeo. We want to get them here so they can see what an exciting event it can be. Kids are thrilled by the animals and entertained by the clowns. The rodeo riders are very skilled and everyone does their best to win."

Full details of The Fielders Great Western Rodeo can be found on the website or by contacting 0429 981 812.

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