A Showground showdown
By JURIS GRANEY
THIS year's 'showdown at the Showground', the Maclean Twilight Rodeo, will be the biggest in the event's history with a record number of competitors taking part.
The record field has forced organisers to start the junior events at 1pm until 4pm before the main event bucks off at 6pm. Lawrence Rodeo committee president Bruce Green said the State of Origin competition between NSW and Queensland bullriders, the main event, now has a new sponsor.
Local company, Mick Corbett Earthmoving, has come on board as this year's major sponsor, pleasing Mr Green.
"It is great to see a local company jumping on board," he said.
And even though the bull riding events were always popular with the crowds, Mr Green said other events, like the bareback, were popular.
Tough-as-nails competitors will take to the picturesque showground to compete in open bull ride, bareback, open saddle bronc, breakaway roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, junior barrel, ladies barrel, team roping, junior breakaway roping, junior steer ride and novice bull.
And it seems that in its 23rd year, the local rodeo is more popular than ever with more than $12,000 on offer in prizemoney.
"I thought for sure that with the high petrol prices that this year's event would be down on numbers, but that is just not the case," he said.
"The competitors have all banded together and it looks like it is going to be a great event."
Mr Green said money raised on the night would go to several charities around the Lower Clarence.
He also wished to remind punters thinking of attending that no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the showgrounds and all beer bought at the rodeo must be consumed in the licensed area.
Entry is $15 adults, $10 for children and $40 for family. Even though the main event does not start until 6pm, Mr Green said people were allowed to watch the junior events.