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Boxing Day Rodeo Spectacular
It's back again, the Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo, will be staged on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26th December. This year, the event offers a bigger and better program showcasing cowboys and cowgirls from right around the country competing for Australian Professional Rodeo Association championship points and the most coveted of rodeo prizes, the Golden Spurs.
Oooh that hurts! The annual Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo promises an evening of bone jarring thrills & spills as riders vie for the coveted trophy.
Contestants will compete in team and breakaway roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle & bareback bronc riding & bull riding and there'll be big-screen replays available to give you close-ups of all the bone-jarring action.
Bull riding is one of the most dangerous events on the rodeo circuit and will be a big feature again at Myrtleford this year.
Conducted by the Lions Club of Myrtleford, the Golden Spurs Rodeo has been held annually for more than 60 years, one of the oldest rodeos staged in Australia, and attracts as many as 4000 spectators each year. All profits from the event go back into the local community and Lions international projects.
Gates open at 11 AM with a number of lead up events preceding the main program which runs from 4 PM to 11 PM.
The event is fully catered, there'll be sideshows for the kids and cowboy & rodeo merchandise will be on sale.
There will also be a strictly enforced NO alcohol or glass policy and dogs are not permitted.
Not quite as dangerous as Bronc or bull riding roping events require outstanding horsemanship and skill with the rope.
Entry costs Adults $25, Teenagers (13 to 17 years) $15, Children (7 to 12 years) $5 and Family (2A 2C) $55.
The Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo is a great day out and very popular with holidaymakers in the King Valley, Mt Buffalo area for their annual Christmas break. Don't forget to bring something to sit on, a camera and plenty of sunscreen.
Myrtleford is 291 kilometres northeast of Melbourne, about a 3 hour 15-minute drive via the M31 Hume Freeway to Wangaratta then the C522.
Don't miss the action as cowboys & cowgirls from around the country compete for Australian Professional Rodeo Association championship points in the annual Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo this Boxing Day.
Why? Watch all the bone jarring action as cowboys & cowgirls from around the country compete in a series of spectacular events for Australian Professional Rodeo Association championship points and the coveted Golden Spurs trophy.