Benalla’s rodeo fans are in for a treat at the inaugral Apex Euroa Pro Rodeo at the Euroa Showgrounds on Saturday.
Those who make the trip will be rewarded with some good old-fashioned fun and the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA), which runs the event, is hoping for a good turnout from across Victoria’s north-east.
The event promises to be a great night out for the family, with the whole kit and caboodle lined up, including bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, rope and tie and a variety of junior events.
Euroa’s Steven Hill is one of the dedicated organisers of the rodeo and said he and some like-minded community members thought Euroa was missing something when it came to events.
‘‘We continually hear that Euroa needs more events to drive tourism,’’ Hill said.
‘‘Euroa is the horse capital of Victoria and we wanted to see more equine-related events held here.’’
The committee has joined forces with Euroa Apex and has ensured that everyone is catered for, with carnival rides and attractions for the kids, live entertainment from country music artist Steve Eales, a variety of food vendors and bar facilities.
The event will be jam-packed with action as competitors from all across Australia compete for championship points in their division.
Proceeds from the event will be used for local charity purposes, including Apex projects and liaising with other community service groups to seek input from them on current needs.
The committee said it had been overwhelmed with local support and sponsorships from a variety of organisations, and it had received written support from Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, who is looking forward to seeing the economic input into the town.
Strathbogie Shire Council is one of the many proud sponsors of the rodeo and Mayor Amanda McClaren said it was a fantastic tourism opportunity for Euroa and the Strathbogie Shire.
‘‘The Euroa rodeo will give back to our community as both a great event to be enjoyed by locals and visitors, but also economically, as it promises to draw a significant crowd to our shire,’’ Cr McClaren said.
Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are available at www.trybooking.com or at the gate (eftpos facilities available).