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70th Mareeba Rodeo an “outstanding success”

CHAMPIONS: The Queensland cowboys and cowgirls won the state of origin battle on Saturday night at the Mareeba Rodeo.

THE 2019 Mareeba Rodeo was a special one as it marked 70 years, and it lived up to expectations as the massive crowd enjoyed all the thrills and spills that comes with the annual event at Keribee Park.

There was the State of Origin bull ride, saddle bronc, wood chopping competition plus much more for patrons to enjoy.

Mareeba Rodeo Association President Peter Brown said the 2019 Mareeba Rodeo was a resounding success.

“This year’s event was outstanding,” he said.

“We had record crowds and every retailer and stall holder we spoke to noted that this was their best year from a trade perspective.”

Mr Brown said he believes the 2019 Mareeba Rodeo was such a success due to the preparation.

“We put in plenty of time and money to ensure the entertainment was second to none this year,” he said.

“In addition, we have some of the best facilities in the world as far as rodeos go, so I think that’s a big reason why you see the punters coming back each and every year.

“We have set the bar really high and I love it when we exceed expectations like we were able to do this year.”

Mr Brown noted those people he would like to thank for their contribution in ensuring the 2019 Mareeba Rodeo went off without a hitch.

“Firstly I would like to recognise Shane Srhoj from Ringer Western, it was his first of three years sponsoring the event and I couldn’t have achieved this without him,” he said.

“I also want to thank Craig Melbill from Melbill’s Farm, he provided us with most of the vehicles and was so obliging.

“And lastly I want to thank the committee and volunteers – they worked tirelessly over the past 12 months and over the weekend to make sure this was a great rodeo and they certainly delivered.”

Mr Brown noted that there is not much time to rest on their laurels however, as preparations for the 2020 Mareeba Rodeo begins in August.

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