Raising the spirits of those affected by the drought is the aim of a small community this month.
The rural town of Nevertire is set to host a rodeo on Saturday, September 22, something of which the town hasn’t done for almost 20 years.
The ABRCA affiliated will be held at the Noel Waters Oval.
“We started the We of the Nevertire committee back in 2010 with the idea of putting on a fun family event for the small community during the last drought, with all money raised going back into the town,” committee member Sam Lawler said.
“It can be pretty tough going in the bush when it gets so dry, so we wanted to do something that would get the locals off their farms and have a bit of fun, even for just one day.”
Mr Lawler said over the last few years the town has hosted a number of successful family muster days, with hundreds from the area attending, raising over $65,000 for the community.
“But this year, with an even more severe drought on our doorstep, we wanted to try something new,” he said.
But this year, with an even more severe drought on our doorstep, we wanted to try something new.Sam Lawler, committee member
“Nevertire used to put on a cracking rodeo every Easter, but that hasn’t happened for almost two decades. So with a few new young cowboys on the committee, we thought a rodeo was the perfect event to bring a bit of cheer to the area – for both spectators and competitors.”
Gates will open from 9am, with the horse sports kicking off from 10am.
The main show starts at midday, with a number of ABCRA rodeo events on show, including open, novice and junior class bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, steer rides and barrel racing, with great prize money up for grabs.
Mr Lawler said there will be limited seating, so encouraged people to bring a chair.
A full bar and food facilities will be available on site for the day and the committee have also teamed up with the local pub in town, the Nevertire Hotel, who will host the official afterparty from 7pm with live music and meals.
Entries for the rodeo are open via Central Entry on September 13 and 14, by phoning 1800 028 992.