READY TO RIDE: Spectators captivated at last year's Cherbourg Community Rodeo.
READY TO RIDE: Spectators captivated at last year's Cherbourg Community Rodeo. Claudia Williams

Rodeo rallies Cherbourg community together

RUSTLE up your best cowboy duds, the Cherbourg community is preparing for their third annual rodeo event.

The Les Stewart Snr Sports Complex on Collins Rd will be transformed especially for Thursday, December 13.

The rodeo is an initiative by the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council to encourage residents to get involved in a discussion about mental health.

Cherbourg elder and primary school teacher Bevan Costello said the event was about engaging the entire town and creating more awareness behind the mental health issues present within the community.

"Bull riding and rodeo has been apart of our community for many many years. Lots of the kids are interested in bull riding and that's why we decided to make a day out of it,” Mr Costello said.

Cherbourg's Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services and Queensland Health will be involved on the day, running awareness programs and talks on mental health and the appropriate support groups available.

Previous rodeos have rustled up quite a turn out and Mr Costello expects this year to be no different.

"We're expecting just about the entire town of Cherbourg to come out,” he said.

The rodeo will be getting under way from 3.30pm with nominations closing at 2.30pm sharp.

There will be food on offer at the event, jumping castles, music and a mechanical bull ride for those who would rather not give the real thing a go.

Nomination prices range from $15-$30 and riders from seven years of age are encouraged to come and have a try on a poddy calf ride.

Riders over the ago of 40 must obtain a medical certificate from their doctor before they take part in a rodeo bull ride.

For more information on the Cherbourg Community Rodeo, head to the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Facebook page here.

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