Rodeo by the Sea a huge boost for Streaky Bay

The townspeople were excited but I don't think anybody had any idea about what was to descend on Streaky Bay.

The days leading into the Rodeo by the Sea, you could feel the excitement rising.

Businesses did a great trade in a traditionally quiet time of year.

Many of the competitors went fishing with the locals, some enjoyed freshly shucked oysters, others just took the opportunity to laze around on our beaches or drive around the district.

A lot of the competitors and people who travelled to watch the rodeo commented that they will come earlier or stay on longer next year to soak up the local experience.

The day before the rodeo the cowboys and girls went to the school and entertained the kids, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

That night, locals and visitors met at the hotel to meet the cowboys and girls and learn about life on the circuit.

Rodeo day saw a total buzz around town. The racecourse and rodeo grounds came up a treat and it is a credit to all those who put in many hours to get it delivered on time.

There was an abundance of food and beverage outlets from locally produced to travelling outlets.

Miss Caitlin Mitchell from Eudunda was crowned Rodeo by the Sea queen and Miss Shianne Kent received the fundraising princess title after they jointly raised more than $4200 for the Streaky Bay Hospital to go towards a new ultrasound machine.

The crowd was spellbound by the fast paced and skilled cowboys and girls and everyone was well behaved.

All that is left to say is congratulations to the committee and bring it on next year.

To all the volunteers who helped in the organisation and setting up, and lastly and most importantly to the sponsors, without you none of it would have come to fruition. Job well done.

TRAVIS BARBER

Streaky Bay District Council mayor