Crowds set to flock to rodeo for a bucking good time

Come watch the bulls buck, rank broncs and dirt busting timed events as the annual Clare Rodeo gets underway on Saturday, March 2.

Clare Rodeo Committee chairperson Plucky Ross says there will a full program of events on the night including junior and open barrel races, saddle bronc, bareback, team roping, bull rides and more.

“Noel Fraser from Wilmington supplies the animals and yards, and as they say, the bulls are bred to buck,” Plucky said.

The committee prides itself on running a family-friendly event and will have a range of attractions on.

“There will be a mechanical bull there for anyone who wants to see how difficult it is to ride a bull,” Plucky said.

He also promises there will be more food stalls than ever before.

“It’s hard to know what the crowd is going to be and what the night is going to be like but you just have to hope for the best that they’ll come and everyone will make some money locally,” he said.

“It virtually all goes to local clubs.”

From sweet and sour liquorice, doughnuts, homemade pies, pasties and sausage rolls, hot chips, hot dogs and steak sandwiches there will be something for everyone.

There will also be full bar facilities and entertainment by Barking Ants after the Rodeo.

“Thank you to all of the sponsors, it’s great they come onboard, without them it wouldn’t run,” Plucky said.

“And the way the seasons are, the conditions and all that, it is harder for them as well as the rest but hopefully, we will get a good crowd and have a good night.”

People are welcome to camp on the grounds overnight, enjoy a recovery breakfast and watch the additional barrel race on Sunday, March 3.

“Anyone who wants to sleep the night and look at a bit more can if they want to,” Plucky said.

So get down to the Clare Showgrounds from 3pm on Saturday, March 2 for a good time and to support the rodeo that supports the Clare community.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children aged 9-17 and children aged eight and under are free.

A $50 family pass covers two adults and two children.

There is strictly no BYO, glass or dogs allowed on the grounds.