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Thursday, 06 April 2017 16:33

Scone Charity Rodeo celebrates 85 years in 2017

Scone Charity Rodeo celebrates 85 years in 2017

The Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo is back on Saturday May 6 with White Park in Scone once again playing host for the best rodeo in the country. In 2017 the event is celebrating its 85th year since the first rodeo was held, originally called the Scone Bushman’s Carnival. The Rodeo committee is hoping to gather stories and pictures from the last 85 years of the event to celebrate this momentous occasion and encourages past participants to get in touch with their memories of the Rodeo or Bushman’s Carnival.

“2017 is a special year for us and we will be celebrating accordingly,” said Scone Rodeo President Jade Smith. “We’re hoping to attract back to the event as many of the past participants as we possibly can. This year’s event is promising to be bigger and better than ever.”

Aiding in making this event ‘bigger and better’ is the addition of a 40sq metre ‘big screen’ that will showcase all the all the thrills and spills of the Rodeo. The screen will stream all the action from the main event and will show instant replays so the crowd will be able to see every moment in all its glory.

While promising an action packed line-up of fun, the 2017 Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo will also be raising money to support BlazeAid. BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia to help rebuild fencing and structures that have been affected by natural disaster. BlazeAid are currently assisting in Cassilis and Dunedoo areas that were devastated by the destructive Sir Ivan fire that burnt through over 50,000 hectares of land and approximately 5,700 kilometres of fencing in early 2017.

“It’s just amazing how the communities in our area have banded together to help those people affected by the fires earlier in the year,” said Jade Smith. “A local farmer organised a hay run for the properties damaged by the fire and BlazeAid are doing great work to get these people back on their feet. We’re so happy that the Rodeo can also play its part by raising money to support the hardwork of the BlazeAid volunteers.”

The Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo will kick off on Friday 5th May from 4pm with the Junior Jackpot Rodeo taking place. On the Saturday the event starts at 12pm with all the action from the main event commencing at 5pm. There will be plenty of food stalls as well as live entertainment after the rodeo. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $8 for children/seniors, $35 for family passes (2 adults, 2 children).

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