Rodeo storms ahead
AS the heavens opened across parts of the Clarence Valley on Tuesday afternoon and the scent of rain hung ominously in the air, organisers of the Maclean Twilight Rodeo prayed they would not see a washed-out repeat of 2010.
And fortunately, they didn't.
Despite admitting the threat of wet weather had deterred a number of spectators from attending, Lawrence Rodeo Committee president Bruce Green declared the 2011 Maclean Twilight Rodeo an action-packed success and estimated around 2500 people walked through the entrance gates at the Maclean Showground.
"I received a lot of phone calls from people who wanted to know if the rodeo would still go ahead due to all the rain but I took a few good looks at the sky and knew it would be all right," Bruce said.
"On Tuesday it rained just about everywhere except Maclean.
"There were a lot of thunderclaps and at Lawrence they recorded half an inch of rain and hail, but we only got three drops.
"It was only natural people would start to worry the event wouldn't go ahead."
After the disappointment of cancelling the rodeo in 2010, Bruce said he was thrilled to see the event buck into action on Tuesday.
Describing the large crowd as "perfectly behaved," Bruce was also pleased to announce the program had gone according to plan with only a few competitors receiving minor injuries.
"The bull riding was above and beyond the most popular attraction and the mini bareback riding classes for juniors proved to be a real crowd-thriller," Bruce said.
"I thought it was terrific to see.
"The crowd enjoyed a full day of entertainment and a lot of people were relieved the wet weather left us alone this year."
Bruce said plans for the 2012 Maclean Twilight Rodeo began almost as soon as the last rider was unseated in the competition.
Keep an eye out in upcoming editions of The Daily Examiner for the official results of the 2011 Maclean Twilight Rodeo.