Every year on the Western Australia Day long weekend the rodeo comes to Mullewa. We have been a part of this since its inception, and while a few things have changed (kids added and grown, roles added and changed), the fact remains this is one of the craziest times of year for our family. It’s a weekend of fun and laughter, chaos and stress, but once its over we all feel so proud to have helped make it a reality.
So, with it being such a big event for our house (and the whole region really!) I thought I’d take you on a virtual tour and give you a taste of what rodeos past and present are like from my end.
While it’s a solid 6 months of work to get everything organised (fortnightly meetings in town plus lots of errands closer to the event), we transform our rodeo grounds over a few days.
Volunteers work tirelessly to get flags, posters, information, signs and banners put up, to erect marquees and organise stall holder spaces- it’s a flurry of activity in the days before our big event!
I am generally stuck up at the gate from 8am- 6pm, but do get the chance to have a few brief breaks to get a quick look at the rodeo action. The Midwest Barrel race is my favourite event- with locals taking part in the dash for the cash! It’s great to cheer on the kids who brave the crowd to take part- always a cute moment!
In the past I’ve managed the concert as well as the gate and camping areas, and have had the privilege of ferrying around our music artists, helping them with whatever they need and being their security during sound checks! What a hard job 😉
And then at night the Country music concert lights up the stage- this year we have Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey and Amber Lawrence- Adam was at the Muster 2 years ago and was so nice, we can’t wait to have him back.
I’m always on duty in the bar at night, with my fingers numb from the skies full of ice- it’s a busy night, but people always provide a good laugh or two and everyone is always on their best behaviour. I love that despite the cold families bundle up in front of the stage to enjoy the music and laugh at the kids dancing!
This year we have a Western Roping competition on Sunday, which should be fun to watch! Plus free camping, roving entertainment and plenty of food stalls (especially the school P & F catering a recovery breakfast Sunday morning!)
Make sure you come and say hi at the gate- I’ll be running around like a lunatic, but am aways happy to say a quick hello.
The committee is constantly trying to find ways to make our event even bigger and better- if you are thinking about coming, you should.
Any questions? Let me know!