Rock and Rodeo in Toogoolawah this Saturday

Robbert Van Peperzeel (header) and Chris Mackenzie (heeler) competing in the team roping event at the 2023 Toogoolawah Charity Rodeo, scoring 7.739 + 15 seconds. Picture: JACOB HAYDEN

Locals and visitors from afar will be converging onto the Toogoolawah Showgrounds this Saturday, 6 April, to witness a range of exhilarating riding and roping events as the Toogoolawah Charity Rodeo returns in 2024.

Toogoolawah Rodeo Association president Vern Doyle said the day would be split into two event sections, with pre-performances getting underway at 11am and main events commencing at 3pm with show rides also available to the kids.

“The rodeo is broken into two parts, at 11am there’s team roping, junior barrel racing, steer wrestling and breakaway roping,” he said.

“At 3pm, the main event first rounds start, which will include the bull ride, the bareback, and all the category finals.”

Mr Doyle said the idea of the charity rodeo is to raise funds for a local community group in need and ensure the annual event can improve each year through the purchase of ticket sales.

“The event is a charity rodeo, so the idea of the charity rodeo is to give community groups in town some money to help them out,” he said.

“We also try to save money for the following year’s rodeo to make the event bigger and better each year by improving the facilities to make it a comfortable environment.”

Mr Doyle, who is also president of the Toogoolawah Show Society, said the rodeo association raised money for the Toogoolawah Police Station in 2023 and encouraged people to come out for an entertaining day.

“For regulars and anyone who hasn’t been along come out for a great day of entertainment,” he said.

“Having free rides for the kids you get more families, making it more family orientated, we get a fair few people out of the city, from Ipswich, Toowoomba, and over towards Kilcoy.

“There are plenty of parking spaces for people, and we also have camping, so if there are people who want to stay, they can come in from gate two to the designated camping areas.

“Tickets for kids under 12 are free.”