Stampede bigger and better

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
Kalgan Stampede organiser Tom Kennedy with Brucey Brahman.
Camera IconKalgan Stampede organiser Tom Kennedy with Brucey Brahman. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Spectators at the second annual ACH Contractors Kalgan Stampede will notice that a lot has changed this time around.

Reduced entry prices, a one-day format instead of three days, increased food access and a new layout are some of the changes ensuring this year’s western-style event brings plenty to the rodeo ring.

Organiser Tom Kennedy said that they had learnt a lot from their first year and were feeling confident about the 2019 event.

“The first year went really well spectator-wise and competitor-wise but financially it was a challenge,” he said.

“I overcapitalised making it a three-day event and had to charge more to cater for that, so now it is all on the one day.

“We have some local rookie events, so it would be awesome if people come down and enjoy an event that takes us back to the western days and see some of the skills that these people have.”

About 3500 people are expected to go through the gates — 2500 attended the Kalgan Stampede in its first year.

The Wilson Brewing Company and food trucks are on board for the event and there will also be a petting zoo and children’s activities to keep everyone entertained.

The day includes a ute muster which will give revheads a chance in the ring.

The fun begins from 11am, with the main rodeo starting at 3pm.

The Bounty Hunters will play country-rock music from 8pm to midnight for those who want to party on.

Children’s prices now apply to anyone under the age of 18 and are $10 online or $15 at the gate.

Adults are $35 online or $40 at the gate.

A full list of events and tickets can be found online at kalganstampede.com.au.

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