CANUNGRA rodeo fans are preparing for the biggest date on the calendar with the Canungra Show Society to host the annual Canungra Hotel Rodeo on July 14 at Canungra Showgrounds.
Organisers say an affiliation with the National Rodeo Association means the local event will bring out the best competitors in multiple events, offering some of the greatest riding in Australia.
Lee McKenzie-McKinnon from the Canungra Show Society said there will be a wide range of thrilling true grit events with bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding as well as steer wrestling, rope and tie, barrel race, team roping, poddy ride and a number of junior events.
“It is a great event, one of the most popular on the rodeo circuit and we expect big numbers through the gates this year,” he said.
“The Canungra Hotel Rodeo also attracts a decent number of competitors and some of the best bull riders around.
Mr McKenzie-McKinnon said there would be a large screen near the arena.
“Although most vantage points are great, the screen gives a close-up view of the action no matter where you are,” he said.
“To see all of the action in true country style, be sure to bring a blanket or chair and get set up on the grassy hill overlooking the rodeo arena.”
In addition to food trucks and stalls, Mr McKenzie-McKinnon said there would be a mechanical bull and live entertainment.
“It’s always good fun watching people challenge their friends to see who is the best cowboy or cowgirl on the mechanical bull,” he said.
“After the rodeo we will have a licensed bar operating from 8pm till midnight and a performance by country singer Mik Oberle.”
Gates open at 11am with the main events from 2pm and tickets are on sale now at canungrashowsociety.org for the same price as last year.