Rain stays away for Lawrence Rodeo
By JURIS GRANEY
MENTION the annual Lawrence Twilight Rodeo at Maclean and most locals will start looking to the heavens to watch the rain clouds flock in.
Usually a wet weather event, yesterday's 23rd annual competition was free from precipitation.
And because of a record number of competitors taking part in the 'showdown at the showground', competition started early with the first cabs off the rank the team roping competition.
The earlier start was meant to cater for the junior events, but senior riders, some of them exbull riders, took to Maclean Showground and lapped up the perfect conditions.
Organisers had hoped that a crowd would turn out for the preliminary events and they were happily surprised with around 200 people making it through the gates for the first event at 1pm.
The earlier riders moved aside at 6pm for the major event, the State of Origin clash between NSW and Queensland riders in the most popular competition of the night ? the bull ride.