Warwick Rodeo Queen Ashleigh Grant will make an appearance at the rodeo.
Warwick Rodeo Queen Ashleigh Grant will make an appearance at the rodeo. Strom Lahiff Photography

Rodeo to support local childcare and community

THE community of Theodore is gearing up for what they hope to be a big event on the social calender.

Theodore Early Childhood Centre is hosting a Theodore's Xtreme 1 Servo Bulls & Barrels Bonanza next month.

TECC treasurer Bronwyn Brunton said the committee was really excited and plans were coming along smoothly.

"It is really good, probably turned out to be a bit bigger than we first anticipated,” she said. "One of our sponsors put up $3000 for the open bull ride; it is probably double than we normally we get around here.”

Since then, it has been a trickle effect.

"With that then comes good bulls, we have PBR bulls coming,” Bronwyn said.

"So it should be a good show.”

The prize money and good bulls has led to plenty of interest and nominations.

"Nominations only opened this week and we've received quite a few and we anticipate we will receive more,” Bronwyn said.

"We have had heaps of people contacting us on how they can nominate and where they do it.”

The TECC committee has been working together to organise the event.

"Everyone has their little sections they do,” Bronwyn said.

A number of events have been planned that differentiate the local rodeo from others.

"We are having an over 40s bullride,” Bronwyn said. "It is one of the first in Central Queensland.”

This particular age group of bullride has a massive following and will attract a large number of competitors.

"The guy who approached us to host it is from Sydney so he will be flying up,” Bronwyn said.

"There will be people flying from all over the country.”

A local celebrity steer ride is also on the agenda.

"We have some local kindy dads and a kindy aunty who are entering,” Bronwyn said.

The chance to watch a local mate fall off a horse, steer or bull has stirred a lot of interest.

"It's proven to be a popular event; our likes have all gone through the roof since we announced it,” Bronwyn said.

On the sidelines there will still be plenty of action.

"We are really promoting it as a family friendly event, show bags, rides, face painting,” Bronwyn said.

"There will be food and stalls for western wear.

"Warwick rodeo queen Ashleigh Grant will be coming to do promotions and signings.”

Proceeds from the event will be going to the centre for some much-needed upgrades.

"We really need some grass, at the moment it is just a dust bowl,” Bronwyn said. "We really want to get a water system and some grass for the kids to run.

"And upgrade our safety area and replenish some sand - so a lot on the outdoor area.”

The local childcare centre is run by a volunteer committee and operates through fundraising.

"We do bake sales, car boot sales, catering, pretty much any way we can make a dollar we do it,” Bronwyn said.

The committee hopes to make the rodeo an annual event.

"This is our first year but with the popularity we hope it will be an annual event to be run by TECC,” Bronwyn said. "It will be so good to have a annual event to plan.”

Not only will it bring money to the centre but entertainment for the children and they all can't wait for the night.

"We have a few kids signing up for the poddy rides and they are definitely going to be there to support their dads at the celebrity ride,” Bronwyn said.

The community has also rallied behind the event as it is the first rodeo held in Theodore in 10 or 15 years.

"The community is so looking forward to it, it has been decades since we have had a rodeo," Bronwyn said. "If they can't afford to sponsor they are donating their time or equipment.

"To say I am overwhelmed by all the help I have received is a massive understatement. I don't know how we will thank them all.”

The event will also boost the town's economy.

"The accommodation at the pub is booked out, we will be getting fuel and food for the day," Bronwyn said. "So it will bring a lot of money into the town.”

As the event is supported by the local comunity it in return supports the kindy which gives back to community.

"The kindy can stay open and the working families can keep working,” Bronwyn said. "If the kindy wasn't there, there would be a lot of businesses that wouldn't work as well or be short of workers.

”Especially in a small town like Theodore, without the kindy there wouldn't be so much in the town.”

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