As the anticipation builds for Goulburn’s annual rodeo, which is set to take place this weekend, the final preparations are starting to fall into place.
With over 300 competitors entered into Saturday’s events, Goulburn Rodeo Club president Jeff Rowson is expecting another strong year for the rodeo.
“[Preparations are] really good at the moment,” Rowson said.
“They’re going pretty well according to plan, and our area’s probably the best it’s ever looked for this venue.”
2019 will mark the rodeo’s 51st year in existence, and after record crowds flocked to watch last year's action, Rowson is hopeful that locals will show similar support this weekend.
“We get a very strong following, last year was our best ever with our 50-year rodeo,” he said.
“We can expect up to about 1,500 people or better.”
Along with ample action for fans of bullriding, bronc riding, roping, and steer wrestling, the rodeo also aims to raise money for myriad causes throughout the Goulburn community.
Since 1997, the Goulburn Rodeo Club has donated over $150,000 to local charities, and Rowson hopes that they can add another $8,000-$10,000 to that tally in the 2019 edition.
Each year, the money is donated to the Goulburn Base Hospital and a number of other charitable causes, and the 2019 beneficiaries are currently in the process of being confirmed.
The money is raised through gate takings, a raffle, and through the bar and barbecue.
While the patrons enjoy the opportunity to relax with some food and drink while donating to worthy causes, they will be able to watch what Rowson described as some of the best rodeo action in Australia.
“[They are] high quality, all good riders,” he said.
“They’re all of a high standard, they compete in the national championships up at Tamworth every year, some of them.”
The 2018 celebrations were a particularly special occasion for the rodeo club, and it was followed by the club’s Ride-A-Thon in Taralga in October, which saw over $7,000 raised.
Saturday’s action will begin at 12.00pm at the Goulburn Recreation Area. Entry is $20 for adults, $10 for children 16 years of age or under, and free for kids under seven, while family passes are $50.