By Michael Doran
The cowboys and bucking broncos are back in town with the return of the Yarra Valley Rodeo on January 19, being held this year at Yarra Glen Racecourse. Now in its fourth year this is the only rodeo in the Yarra Valley and with the funds raised going to various charities it is indeed a worthy way to kick off the new year.
The fast and furious action will come from barrel racing, team roping, bronc and bull riding with plenty of carnival fun activities for the younger cowboys and cowgirls. All the action can be viewed on a coloured big-screen that will light up the night sky when darkness falls. The rodeo action kicks-off at 4.30pm but the gates open two hours earlier so there is time to enjoy all the other family oriented activities on offer.
Merchandise stalls, rides, and live music entertainment are part of the day with plenty of food and refreshments available, including a licensed bar but BYO alcohol is not permitted. Tickets, which have been on-sale since November, will be available at the gate but it is recommended that patrons pre-book online to avoid any disappointment on the day.
Premium seating is in the Ringside and Grandstand areas and general admission patrons are advised to bring their own seating and think about protection from the sun or the elements in the open-air areas. For health and safety reasons and to ensure the comfort of all visitors the size of the crowd is restricted and no dogs can be admitted to the rodeo.
Plenty of parking is available at the racecourse at a nominal charge and all of the details and entry conditions to the event can be found at www.yarravalleyrodeo.com.au Camping is not permitted on the racecourse grounds and security staff will be on-hand to ensure a safe environment for all.