Adavale campdraft and stockman's challenge.
Adavale campdraft and stockman's challenge. Carly Everitt

Adavale's biggest event returns, with more support than ever

NOT a lot happens in the tiny town of Adavale, but when the rodeo is on, riders turn out from just about every town in the west.

The ever-popular local event made a triumphant return at the weekend, following a year on hiatus due to the dry conditions across the region.

"We had a bike gymkhana, a horse gymkhana, rodeo, stockman's challenge and a campdraft from Friday to Sunday,” said Dale Chicken, president of the Adavale Sport and Recreation Association.

"We try and run something every year, and everyone that came seemed to enjoy themselves over the weekend. "It was a pretty full-on program and ran over time a little bit on the Saturday; it was jam-packed, but it is what we expected with all the extra nominations we ended up with. "I think it has become quite popular amongst our local people, that's for sure.

"Then we had people travel from Tambo, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Eulo, Windorah and Longreach, as well as the local Charleville people.

"It was a huge boost to the town - not much else happens in Adavale.”

Outside of his presidential role, Chicken had a crack at the campdraft, which made it on the program, much to the delight of the committee, who were initially worried about sourcing cattle during the drought. "I want to thank all of our committee members, cattle donors, sponsors, volunteers and contractors,” Chicken said.

"It has been a massive effort by everyone, and these shows wouldn't be able to continue without the support of all those people.”


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