Forsayth turns it on for rodeo action

Forsayth turn-out, rodeo and Etheridge show 2019 a success


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Etheridge Show and Turn-Out bull ride champion Joey Buckinghman puts in a winning ride on Muscle Man from the Warren Bethel string of rough stock. Photos - John Andersen/Andersen Media.

Etheridge Show and Turn-Out bull ride champion Joey Buckinghman puts in a winning ride on Muscle Man from the Warren Bethel string of rough stock. Photos - John Andersen/Andersen Media.

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The first rodeo to be held in Forsayth in three decades was a resounding success.

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THE first rodeo to be held in the southern Gulf town of Forsayth in 30 years attracted competitors and fans from across the country.

The Forsayth Turn-Out and Etheridge show was held on Friday and Saturday, with organisers dubbing the event a resounding success.

About 400 people made the trek from as far afield as Victoria to attend the great Aussie bush turn-out.

Forsayth Turn-Out treasurer Jennifer Pugh said the rodeo was a highlight of the weekend, with one bull rider travelling from NSW to compete.

"It was very busy, I'd say there was about 400 people so it was busier than what we usually are," Ms Pugh said.

Ben Robinson from Tambo on Wonky in the bull ride.

Ben Robinson from Tambo on Wonky in the bull ride.

"Everyone loved the rodeo, we had quite a few locals turn up for that as it was the first one in 30 years."

Ms Pugh said grey nomads joined the throng, along with people who had travelled from Cairns and Townsville for the iconic event.

She said there was plenty on offer for families, with people getting involved in the novelty events which included yabby races, dog judging and greasy pig and rooster chases.

Outback singing sensation, Ali S, performed on both the Friday and Saturday nights, with the event finishing off with fireworks.

"The fireworks were awesome, the band was awesome and everyone said it was a great weekend," Ms Pugh said.

Braydon Wellby in bull ride on Doctor Claw at the Etheridge Show and Turn-Out at Forsayth.

Braydon Wellby in bull ride on Doctor Claw at the Etheridge Show and Turn-Out at Forsayth.

"It was a great day out for everyone, all the activities for kids were free which made it less stressful for parents.

Organisers are working to secure another rodeo for next year, with the event to be held over two days from July 31-August 1.

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