Ring in the new year

Ten, nine, eight . . . Smithton Rodeo organisers and sponsors, including Kristy Lockett, John and Alyssia Coates, Nigel Pedley, John Dabner, Flynn Coates, 5, and mascot Brutus the Bull are counting down to New Year’s Eve. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Event. What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? How about a rodeo!

The inaugural Smithton Rodeo is expected to draw as many as 3000 people from across the state to new event.

“It all started New Year’s Eve last year,” says organiser Alyssia Coates.

“John and I – our oldest children had gone off to Burnie – we were at home with our little ones and we were in bed by 9pm because there was nothing in Circular Head to take the kids to.

“It was about 3am when I sat up in bed and said, well what about a rodeo? And John told me to go back to sleep but the next morning we started talking about it.”

Following the light bulb moment, the Coates enlisted the support of Irishtown Football Club and MC Rodeo Company to bring it to fruition.

“Rodeos are like a cult really,” says Alyssia.

“They have a huge following and given it will be New Year’s Eve is such a drawcard.

“We’ve already sold 150 tickets and only three of those have been from locals.”

Fellow community groups such as Circular Head Motorcycle Club, Irishtown Community Centre, Smithton Basketball Club, Rotary Club of Smithton and Circular Head Gymnastics Club will assist on the day, each receiving a $500 donation to go towards their club for their efforts.

The family event will provide a full rodeo program including barrel racing, steer and bull riding, bareback riding, team roping and steer wrestling.

For the youngsters, face painting, balloon art, a jumping castle and orb balls will provide plenty of entertainment as well as the various stall holders and merchandise available on the day. Devonport DJs Unique Beats will see in the new year with a lights show.

In the lead up, keep an eye out for mascot Brutus the Bull at the Smithton, Stanley and Wynyard Christmas parades and Circular Head Show.

The Smithton Rodeo will be held on Sunday December 31 at Tall Timbers, Scotchtown Road from 2pm. Free camping will be available on site and at Kubanks Road.

For more information ‘Like’ the Smithton Rodeo Facebook page.

VIP tickets are available at Moon Lake Investments or Irrigation and Dairy Solutions and family, concession and individual tickets are also available from Kozani Kutz and Tall Timbers.

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