Rodeo, ute muster draws thousands to calliope
CALLIOPE: THOUSANDS of fans will flood Calliope today as the annual rodeo and ute muster roars into life at the town's rodeo grounds.
More than 150 competitors will compete for about $10,000 in prizemoney, with close to 5000 fans expected to boost the town and region, as No Vacancy signs have gone up everywhere and businesses are jumping.
Organiser and Calliope Rodeo Association president Terry Gildea said they were catering for more than last year's 4000 plus crowd as the economic downturn eased.
“Mate, it should be big. We've got people coming from all over for the rodeo; and the ute muster will be big too,” Mr Gildea said.
Community groups and an army of volunteers have again swung behind the event with scouts, SES crews and the local kindergarten, parents and citizens and many others providing much of the workforce.
Action gets under way from 2pm at the Taragoola Road Rodeo Grounds, Calliope, with the Ute Muster to start at 3pm and the rodeo from 5pm.