Thrills and spills

March 30, 2018

One of the contestants in action in Euroa on Saturday

Intense Bull riding in Euroa on Saturday

The crowd looks on in amazement as the rider does his best to hold on

The Euroa Apex Pro Rodeo was a huge success on Saturday night, with more than 2000 people turning up despite the stormy weather.

The only thing flooded was the gates — with massive lines of people eager to get in after the last heavy patch of rain after 4pm.

Euroa Pro Rodeo committee member Troy Spencer was thrilled with the attendance, after bad weather had threatened to derail the event.

‘‘We were nervous about the weather all day and got really lucky with the timing. As soon as the heavy rained stopped, there was a huge influx of people,’’ he said.

‘‘The atmosphere was electric and it was just amazing to see everyone enjoy the night.’’

The Rodeo had visitors from all over Victoria and even competitors from Canada. The night’s attractions included eight food vendors, with activities and entertainment for children of all ages.

“We went to a few other rodeos and noticed the food was really expensive,’’ Spencer said.

‘‘We tried to make it affordable and have activities for kids to enjoy the spectacle.

‘‘We had really great feedback and if all goes to plan we will be doing it again next year.’’

Those who attended enjoyed the event, with the Euroa Apex Rodeo’s Facebook page filling up with positive comments.

Susan Jimmieson said: ‘‘It was well worth the money, and affordable for the whole family. The talent in the arena was spectacular. Great bulls, horses and riders. Loved the little ones having a go.’’

The event could not have been as successful as it was without the volunteers and the staff who worked during the night to set it all up.

‘‘There was an enormous amount of volunteers and we couldn’t have done it without them. It was also a huge effort by those who brought in the hay and stayed during the night to get it all done,’’ Spencer said.

The rodeo will now move on to Deniliquin, where the event will be held on Easter Saturday, March 31, from noon.

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