Barrel up for sport fun
IT'S a case of better late than never for one of the Tweed's “signature” events, the Tyalgum Diggers District Sports.
Normally set down for July, bad weather forced the event to be postponed, but now it is all systems go for Saturday, October 31.
The family-orientated day will again feature a gymkhana and rodeo, but they won't be the only “sports” going on during the day.
There will be a tug-of-war contest and the Tyalgum dash as well as a program of family activities ranging from the Tyalgum and Chillingham Fire Brigades interactive display, jumping castle, mechanical bull rides and market stalls.
The highlights of the day will be in the show ring with the equestrian gymkhana, organised by Robyn Donoghue, featuring a seven-event program starting at 9am and running through until 11.30am.
This will be followed by the rodeo at 1pm and again there is a full program planned including the saddle ride, bareback ride, barrel race, novice bull ride and bullock ride and junior events - the poddy calf ride and barrel race.
The action will then culminate with the major crowd pleaser, the bull ride with top prize money of $1000.
The Tyalgum Diggers Committee has organised two new events this year, a Pas de Deux display by the Omaru Andalusian and Lippizan Stud, prior to the rodeo and for those looking to test themselves, there will be laser skirmish from 1pm to 4pm.
The Humming Hills Alpacas will have a display throughout the day with professional handlers from the stud present to assist with up close and personal patting sessions.
A country bar will open from noon and there will be plenty of food and drinks stalls operating.
The day will finish with fireworks and the Round Mountain Girls band will play into the night.
The Good Guys Tweed Heads South has donated the prize for the lucky entry competition, a digital camera valued at $399.
Tickets at the gate will be: adults $10, families $20 (2 x adult and 2 x kids), pensioners $6 and children under 17 (not entering on a family pass) $2.
Gates open at 9am and close at 9pm. (All times are NSW).