Record crowd kicks up dust at Bushman's carnival fun
WHAT a fantastic Widgee weekend. The showgrounds were full to bursting with caravans, campers and horse floats, and record attendance at this year's Bushman's Carnival.
Entrants gathered from across South East Queensland and enjoyed near perfect weather and superb riding conditions.
Competition was fierce with over 650 nominations received ensuring judges and volunteers were continuously busy over the weekend, resulting in a smooth and cohesively run programme.
The final event, the Open Draft, carrying $1,000 in prize money and a magnificent trophy donated by Better Home Living was won by Brydie Hughes who also won a $350 watch donated by Goodyear Jewellers for the Highest Scoring Lady Rider.
The Open attracted the highest number of entries and drew a huge crowd of spectators who filled the stands throughout the day.
With two full rounds to contend with, followed by the final run, presentations were held in near dark conditions but winners were grinners and first to admit they'd enjoyed a simply fabulous weekend.
President of Widgee and District Hall and Rec Association, Sherry Fuller, was elated with the turnout and the attendance.
The committee would like to thank the many volunteers who helped in so many ways and special thanks to the judges who did an outstanding job.
Particular recognition must go to all the cattle donors and livestock carriers and the sponsors who made the event possible; these include Goodyear Jewellers, Stewart Terrace Butchery, Tom Grady Rural Merchandise CRT, Handy Hire, Sullivan Livestock & Rural Services, Quinlan Performance Horses, Goldburgs Outfitters, Clinton Bull Livestock Carrier, Warrego Livestock Transport, Betta Home Living, Gympie Rural & Commercial Packaging, Starelle Stock Horses & Jemima Bison, Kilkivan Auto Centre, Goomeri Emporium, Cooloola Pump & Irrigation, M&J Autos of Widgee, Widgee General Store & Widgee Rural Supplies.
The dust has finally settled in Widgee and Elvis has left the showgrounds.
It's time to recuperate and prepare for their next big event; see Friday's Widgee Column for details.
First 5 placegetters only:
1st Kayla Edwards on Barley 81 points
2nd Holly Myers on Marsha 75
3rd Jamaika Lawrence on Lucky Lad 71
4th Kodi Harrison on Riley 61
5th Felicity Mawhinney on Paleface 56
1st Todd Myers on Con Air 86
2nd Jordan Young on Golden Dimmock 80
3rd Zoey Young on Youngmere Dynamo 76
4th Emily Berghofer on Sunny 74
5th Wyatt Jones on Awful 20 )
5th Shami Edwards on Hunter 20 )
5th Lachlan Wallace on Blue Berry 20 )
1st Paul Radke on Confession 90
2nd Roy Kelly on Sassy 89
3rd Kelwin Duncan on Rosco 87 )
3rd Nathan Wilson on
Ladybrook Missey 87 )
3rd Michael Eckford on Oakey 87 )
1st Anthony Webb on Roy 175
2nd Paul McEwan on Wrangler 169
3rd Roy Kelly on Redemption Ray Dee 168 )
3rd Barry Hockey on Sophie 168 )
3rd Colleen Smith on Boonara Symphony 168 )
1st Brydie Hughes on Beniah 257
2nd Raymond Charles on
Miss Adrenalin Rush 256
3rd Bruce Myers on Olenas Destiny 255
4th Dave Mawhinney on Joker 252
5th Colleen Smith on Boonara Symphony 249
Highest Scoring local rider was Paul McEwan of Widgee. Highest Scoring Lady Rider was Brydie Hughes on Beniah.
Top Cut Out in the Maiden Draft was Steve Idle.
Top Novice Cut Out was Don Williams on Lady Dee.
Top Open Cut Out also won by Don Williams.