Organisers of the Cloncurry Merry Muster festival said they are still planning to go ahead with their festival despite the Covid lockdowns in the south of the country.
The Merry Muster committtee said they had a Covid Safe plan in place for all events held within the festival with the Covid safe rules that need to be adhered to at all times.
Billed as one of Australia's highest single payout professional rodeos, the Muster attracts talent from all over the country but most have been in Queensland for weeks as the Australia Professional Rodeo Association Northern Run continues with the Richmond Rodeo next cab off the rank this coming weekend following Charters Towers.
With a junior rodeo, Xtreme Bulls and pro rodeo, the Merry Muster Arena is where the competitors either make it or break it to get that extra dollar for top spot to make it to the 2021 national titles in Warwick in October.
Nominations for the $1000 Local Stations Buck Jump close on July 29 with only 15 competitors who must reside within the Cloncurry Shire for past 12 months.
There are 40 entries in the Wagner's Xtreme Bulls that has jumped the prizemoney from $6000 to a whopping $10,000 while there are 31 of the best in the Vic Remfrey Memorial Open Saddle Bronc competing for $8100.
As of July 23 there were 92 Team Ropers entered, the total payout now stands at $14,200, plus 76 Ladies Breakaway Ropers for a prize of $12,600 while 67 barrel races chase $11,700.
The Merry Muster is on the weekend of August 6-8 at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre.
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