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Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo
From: 2014.08.10 To: 2014.08.12
Eight seconds might seem like a pretty short time, but in the world of bull riding those eight seconds make all the difference. Riding a dangerous animal weighting almost a tonne while holding on with one hand for as long as you can is what rodeo is all about. Since 1959, the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere is held each August in the mining city of Mount Isa, Queensland. Other than bull riding, Mount Isa Rodeo features competitive saddle bronc riding, bareback bronco riding, rope & tie, steer wrestling, team roping, as well as ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping. The event attracts over 800 contenders competing in the blood-red dirt of the rodeo arena for over $200,000 in prize money. As a peculiar sport that evolved out of an occupation and a lifestyle, rodeo is inimitable in that it provides a clear window into the past. At the time of the rodeo, and with the help of numerous live musical performances, the whole city of Mount Isa slips into a festive atmosphere. For those who enjoy equine entertainment, Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo is definitely a must-see.