Spokesperson Ashley Gallagher said the combined rodeo and campdraft was the largest social event for the Gulf of Carpentaria and one of Queensland’s top rodeos, attracting more than 2000 people to Normanton.
“We kick off with a street parade on Wednesday afternoon (June 8) before the rodeo events get underway. There is also a horse race on theThursday night and a gymkhana aimed at the kids on the Friday,” he said.
“We are expecting some of the country’s top riders including professional bull rider Rhys Angland to compete in the $10,000 open bull ride, while the $10,000 barrel race will also attract the best.
“Normanton boasts some great riders who are well worth watching and two of them were inducted into the Normanton Rodeo Hall of Fame last year for our 40th anniversary.”
“We inducted Colin Fisher who was one of six cowboys to ride Chainsaw, Australia’s most famous bucking bull, back in his day.
“Claude Burns is also in the Hall of Fame and is probably the region’s most famous cowboy because he has only one arm and won a bronc ride here two years ago at the age of 55.”
Gallagher said campdrafting enthusiasts would also be looking forward to watching Ben Hall (a previous Warwick Gold cup winner) who won the last four open drafts in Normanton.
“Even newcomers have the opportunity to share in the prizes with $2500 for the novice bull rider,” he said.