The Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft celebrated it's 64th year in 2019 and despite the town going through one of the worst droughts in memory, organisers have labelled it a huge success.
Not only did it inject anywhere between $1.5 to $2 million into the local economy, but nominations for the Campdraft were "exceptionally overwhelming" with 2250, Rodeo secretary Steve Butler said but they could only accept 1250.
Of the Campdraft nominations, 250 competed in numerous events over the weekend and there were approximately 300 individual Rodeo competitors who ran in various events.
Rodeo stock contractors came as far as Victoria, The Rock, Tamworth, Branxton and the Hunter Valley. Competitors also came far and wide, including from Western Australia and the eastern seaboard.
The quality of the stock were too good for the cowboys on Sunday with no competitors making it to eight seconds in the open bull ride competition.
Spectators also came from far and wide with between 2500 to 3000 coming through the gates over the three days, which Mr Butler said was up on previous years.
"Getting around the grounds, people were from all over the countryside and said they would return next year because they had such a good time," he said.
Mr Butler said the Campdraft was fortunate enough to have 1500 head of cattle donated for the Campdraft, which came from producers within the Shire. Mr Butler said the donation just shows that "people in the bush stick together."
"It gives you a fuzzy feeling that someone could donate upwards of $1.5 million worth of cattle for the Campdraft," he said.
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Sales were exceptional at the food and bar sections of the Rodeo and Campdraft, Mr Butler said, with all the vendors over the moon considering how tough times are.
Thanks to a partnership with Channel 7, the 2019 Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft will be featured in a television series later this year.
The filming took place over the weekend and Mr Butler said it will be great for people to not only see how tough things have been recently, but promote the region as well.
"It gives us another stepping stone to put us on the world stage, with what we have to offer," he said.
For organisers of the biggest Rodeo and Campdraft in the Southern hemisphere, it's about giving the whole town support.
"We've been bucking since 1965, next year is our 65th anniversary. All roads lead to Coonamble," Mr Butler said.
Now that the 2019 event is done and dusted organisers are looking for even more sponsors for next year in order to make it bigger and better.
"We want to add a few extra activities for the families and children....," Mr Butler said.
"Stock wise we're limited with what we can do there but for the event and spectators we can grow that."
The Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft said good bye to the Nakadoo Rodeo company earlier this year after a dispersal sale which meant organisers had to outsource stock form other areas.