Tyalgum Diggers good to go despite previous worries
THE odds are looking up for the 105th Tyalgum Diggers Sports and Family Fun Day, despite July's record rainfall.
Tyalgum Diggers Sports Association member Elliot Cooper said improved weather has dispelled concerns for the event, which will take place at Tyalgum Sporting Grounds,
Mr Cooper said the grounds, saturated last month, are now looking great.
"It's drying out really well with all the heat and wind we've had," Mr Cooper said.
"Unless we get a couple of inches of rain, it'll be fine."
Event organizers are revisiting the 1929 event program.
While there will be no rodeo this year, Mr Cooper said the day will be full of other activities.
"The main event will be a light horse troupe," Mr Cooper said.
"This involves people on horseback with lances, swords and spears."
Mr Cooper said punters can witness the first public reading of a poem by local bush poet Dennis Scanlon.
The poem, The Spirit of the Light Horse, identifies brothers Syd and Alan Worthington - Tyalgum residents who fought in the Boer War.
Mr Cooper said relatives of the Worthington boys will be present on the day.
"There will be lots of light horse memorabilia on display as well," Mr Cooper said.
For those interested in animals of a smaller variety, there will also be a petting zoo onsite.
This year's Diggers Sports will see the return of market stalls and a variety of sporting events for all ages.
Mr Cooper said classic novelty events will take place, such as a four-way tug-of-war, egg and spoon races and sack races.
"There will be lots activities taking place," Mr Cooper said.
"People can guess the length of a live snake or the weight of a bunch of bananas."
"There will also be the little cowboy and little cowgirl event."
Punters can partake in a boot-tossing competition and watch a craftsman turn a log into a fencepost using nothing but a chainsaw - something Mr Cooper said was a popular event last year.
To keep with tradition, there will be a display of vintage cars and the day will end with fireworks followed by a live band.
"The band will play until 10pm, with a fully-equipped bar onsite," Mr Cooper said.
The Tyalgum Diggers Sports and Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday August 17 from 11am until 10pm.
Tickets are $3 for adults and $10 for families of four or more.