AFTER an absence of more than 20 years, the Gurley campdraft competitors kicked up their heels last Saturday in what is expected to become a regular event again.
Despite Thursday night’s rain, the long-awaited campdraft, which was postponed back in July due to rain, started at 10am on Saturday to rousing applause.
Founding member Jillian Guest said it was great to see the Gurley campdraft create such interest. Jillian and husband Anthony sponsored the open event, after getting together with several other local people to develop and organise this year’s campdraft.
“It all happened one night as we discussed what could we bring to Gurley to give the townspeople something great to do and be proud of,” she said.
“And this is what we came up with. The recreation grounds at Gurley haven’t been used for many years and this event seems to have brought the place to life.
“As this was the first one, we can see where we need to go to make improvements for next year. We don’t want it to get too big, but want it to retain the local aspect, while still attracting some outside interest.”
Events included adult and junior sections.
The crowd of about 200 people were entertained by singer Kylie Hogan.
Guest said the event organisers wanted to especially thank all the many helpers and supports of the campdraft for their hard work and enthusiasm.
Cattle for the event were provided free of charge from McCue Cattle Feedlot, “Wilga”, Bellata; Dobikin Pastoral Company, Bellata run by the Vickery family; Philip and Natalie Christie from Bellata, and Vince Larken from Larriken Angus.