The annual Killarney Rodeo draws a big crowd to the Southern Downs town. Gates open at 12pm, Saturday August 11.
The annual Killarney Rodeo draws a big crowd to the Southern Downs town. Gates open at 12pm, Saturday August 11. John Towells

Rodeo a time to forget drought and see men wrestle steers

RODEO: Forget the Ekka or the Mount Isa Rodeo.

The best bucking beast action will be found at the Killarney Showgrounds today when the gates open for the town's annual rodeo.

Show Society president Jan Hamilton said there were about 100 nominations for the event.

"It'll be a full rodeo and live music and $10 will get you in the gate,” she said

"Where else can you get all that for $10?”

The rodeo technically started yesterday with a contractor-only event.

The best bull breeders from around the state enter their beasts in the ring so selectors can pick suitable animals for tonight's rodeo.

"There's a dummy put on the back of the stock and it (the bull) is released after six seconds,” MrsHamilton said.

"In that six seconds the bull is judged on its ability.

"It's their style the selectors look for, the bulls are athletes in themselves.”

The rodeo draws in big crowds to the small country town and upwards of 1000 spectators are expected through the gates.

"We've got people coming and camping through the different venues through Killarney,” MrsHamilton said.

"It's a great economic benefit for the community.

"It happens every year and every year our numbers increase.”

While cattle breeders across the state are struggling through drought, MrsHamilton said it has had little effect on the number of bulls the rodeo could draw on.

"I'm surprised that our bull breeders are still coping with hand feeding,” she said.

"Next year it might be a bit sad but I'm sure it'll get better.”

The annual rodeo is a big money-spinner for the Show Society with the proceeds funnelled into the main show to be held early next year.

"It's a good allround NRA rodeo,” MrsHamilton said.

So strap on your boots and head down to the Killarney Showgrounds from noon today.



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