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Town in South Australia's mid north prepares for 35th annual rodeo event

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Residents of a town in South Australia's wheat country region are readying themselves for a bumper start to the 2024 events calendar as arrangements continue for Peterborough's 35th rodeo and Country Ute Muster.

Image credit: Peterborough S.A Rodeo Facebook page

The event will take place on the 13th of January next year at the Peterborough Rodeo Grounds, on Cemetery Road in Peterborough.

Peterborough Rodeo president, Mick Wilkinson, appeared on the Country Viewpoint program to inform listeners about all the details in the lead-up to the event.

Wilkinson said organisers were swept off their feet with finalising preparations but were also buzzing with excitement ahead of one of the town's premier events.

"We're very excited and getting really busy trying to get everything organised so everyone can have a good night, a good day and night, so yeah, been working hard," Wilkinson said.

"The rodeo is on the rodeo grounds at Cemetery Road, Peterborough, gates are open at four o'clock, weather permitting, the event will start at six, we've got full bath facilities, canteen facilities, hot donuts, there'll be stalls, merchandise and a free shuttle bus from town.

"Tickets for adults are $25, for children prices range from $10, $15 and $17 and a family of two adults, three children is $60, children under 10 are free."

Wilkinson also remarked on other amenities on offer to punters at the event and the event's popularity in a historical context.

"You've got a lot of people that love the bull ride, so we've got an open bull ride, we've got open bareback and an open saddle bronc as well, then we have a local barrel race, and there's a junior bull ride this year - we normally have a junior steer but this year it's a junior bull, and we have entertainment at halftime with a clown," Wilkinson said.

"We normally get a lot of our competitors come from interstate, a lot of the board riders and stuff like that, a lot of barrel races and team roping teams in South Australia.

"It brings a fair bit of economy into the town, we're expecting roughly, normally get around about 1,000 to 1,200 people, so, it ends up a good night."


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