Thousands turn up to Tyalgum Diggers

THE Tyalgum Diggers Rodeo and Family Fun Day organising committee will look into permanently changing the date of the annual event to September after more than 2000 people came out for the rescheduled event on Saturday.

"A lot of the people who came to the event and a lot of the vendors said they like the warmer weather in September, when compared to July when we normally hold the event," said committee secretary Janette Mustchin.

"There are a number of similar events on in September, while there is not a lot on that is like the Diggers day in July.

"The committee has not discussed the idea of changing the date yet and it should be discussed at our next committee meeting which will be held on October 28.

"While the numbers were down a bit on previous years, everyone said they had a fantastic day."

The all-day event that includes children's activities, novelty events and the serious competition of the rodeo and its associated events running into the night, got hundreds of people involved in the action.

The tug-o-war events are always a highlight of the day, with Tyalgum team the Old Wags beating their neighbours, the Young Fillies in the women's event.

In a competition between the tossers and the pullers, the Tyalgum Tossers were victorious over the Tyalgum Pullers in the men's tug-o-war.

Meanwhile, Tyalgum Public School students Rosie Mills and Edan Binder were crowned Little Cowgirl and Little Cowboy respectively, at the event.

Tyalgum resident Tahnee Mills proved to be the quickest on her feet, winning the ladies' dash footrace.

Mrs Mutschin said the event could not be possible without the support of businesses in Tyalgum, Chillingham and Murwillumbah.

It is not only a great taste of country life for the thousands who turn out annually for the event, but raises much-needed cash for local charities.

Merrin Gilliland, treasurer for the organising committee said $8000 was raised from last year's event, and while the final total had not been worked out she had hoped to exceed that amount.

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