RECORD crowds poured through the gates of Andoom Oval on the weekend, helping to raise Weipa Rodeo’s reputation as one of the best events in Cape York – if not all of Queensland.
Spectators were treated to two days of action-packed events in the rodeo arena, from bucking bulls to barrel racing.
Australian bull riding champion Donovan Rutherfurd added a new buckle to his growing collection when he helped the Northern Cape win the esteemed Cape of Origin with a group of grateful locals.
And with tickets just $30 for a two-day pass, Weipa is putting pressure on other big-name rodeos to provide as much value as what is offered in the remote community.
Russell Scikluna, the president of the Weipa Rodeo Association, said his large committee worked hard throughout the year to put on a great show.
“What you saw on the weekend was the result of a dedicated team who wants to do something for their community,” he said.
“We think that we do a great job and that’s probably reflected by the record number of people who came through the gates.”