Correcting Confusions

Organisers of the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo have received several enquiries from locals and visitors planning to attend the rodeo.

As the rodeo grows into it’s new home coupled with a greater cash bounty on offer and greater number of competitors, organisers remain focused on providing a smooth and streamlined introduction of Buchanan Park as the home of the rodeo.

The majority of enquiries have focused on the pricing structure and also the scheduling of reoccurring events.

Historically, the free family showride night had taken place on the Thursday of Rodeo Week. Due to the Mailman Express taking place at the Thursday, the family night will take place in 2007 on the Wednesday evening of Rodeo Week and as per usual is free to enter. The Bell & Moir Toyota Bull Pit also taking place on the Wednesday night is $25.00 for adults, children and aged pensioners are free (aged pension card must be provided).

The concern has been that people will be charged $25.00 to enter the main arena, another $5.00 to enter the Buchanan Park non-event area and another $10.00 to access the entertainment. Organisers would like to make it clear that if an individual pays $25.00 to enter the arena; this entry also grants them access to the entertainment and showride area.

The $5.00 showride entry fee and the $10.00 entertainment entry fee is only in place for those not wishing to attend any of the rodeo or Bull Pit events being held in the main arena.

The only other point that organisers wish to reiterate is that tickets for events are not available for pre-sale as they have traditionally been. All tickets for entry are available only at the gates of Buchanan Park on the day of the event.

“We have anticipated minor teething problems as our loyal attendee’s adapt to the new surrounds and some of the new scheduling, however we are confident that the overall experience on offer at Buchanan Park will exceed all expectations which we are very excited about”, said Mrs Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo General Manager.

The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007. With a record bounty on offer to competitors, the event is preparing for what will be its biggest year.

For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.