Dajarra Rodeo all set for a big weekend

GIVING CHASE: Anthony McMillan of Cloncurry, on Denise, in action at the 2015 Dajarra campdraft. Photo: Andrea Crothers.
GIVING CHASE: Anthony McMillan of Cloncurry, on Denise, in action at the 2015 Dajarra campdraft. Photo: Andrea Crothers.

It was rained off in 2016 but Dajarra is all set to celebrate its traditional bush rodeo, campdraft and gymkhana for 2017 this weekend.

The red dust starts flying on Friday and won’t let up until Sunday.

This year’s event is special as it is part of the Cloncurry C150 celebrations.

The dedicated Dajarra committee and volunteers have been hard at work over the last two weeks with preparations for their big weekend.

Organisers say Cloncurry Shire Council have also been very busy over the last few months with many improvements to the grounds.

“A shade area and grandstand have been made for the rodeo arena, as well as more area has been cleared for campers to spread out,” they said.

“Thanks also to Sid and Brucey Bookie's green thumb, we have green grass at the grounds.”

Campdrafting action starts Friday with the Cannington Novice Draft, Dajarra Roadhouse encouragement draft and Westpac Ladies Draft

The Dajarra Roadhouse Jackpot Bull & Bronc ride gets things rolling in the rodeo arena on Friday night under lights.

On Saturday there is the Curley Cattle Transport maiden draft, Cloncurry Council juvenile, junior and mini drafts.

The rodeo action starts at noon with the station buck jump, Total Eden bullock drive,Isa Diesel Saddle Bronc ride and Dajarra Roadhouse team calf scruffing.

There will be a Inova Resources ladies barrel followed by juvenile, junior and mini barrel races all sponsored by the Cloncurry Shire Council. 

Brodies Hardware sponsor the under 17s steer ride while Worn Out West sponsors the under 13 poddy ride.

The Western Grazing Bull ride is sure to entertain as will be the steer wrestling with $1000 up for grabs and the AA Co’s wild camel ride and greasy pig.

Cowboys will also battle for the Mo and Cath Wright all round cowboy and high point station titles.

Sunday action will conclude in the campdraft arena with the Incitec Pivot open draft.

Stock for the campdraft has been donated by Western Grazing.