Community & Business

16 June, 2022

Laura set for big weekend

LAURA is gearing up for one of the biggest annual events to hit the small community, with the town set for its races and rodeo weekend from 24-26 June.

Laura races and rodeo weekend from 24-26 June
Laura races and rodeo weekend from 24-26 June

The Laura Race Club will be celebrating its 125-year anniversary this year and are looking forward to staging the event which has not been held since 2019. 

The weekend kicks off on Friday, with the campdraft competition underway from 6.30am at the rodeo grounds, followed at 1pm with horse sports at the racetrack, finishing off with a Calcutta on the dance floor at the race club hall, accompanied by live music and dancing. 

Campdraft continues on Saturday morning before the start of a six-card race meeting from 1pm, followed from 6.30pm with lots of action at the rodeo grounds, including the Open Bull ride, with prizemoney of $1000, novice bull ride, open saddle bronc and mini bulls. 

The weekend will finish on Sunday, with a full rodeo program from 8am, with some big prizemoney on offer for the Open Bull Ride ($1500) and the Open Saddle Bronc ($1000). 

Laura Amateur Turf Club secretary Jenni Sorensen said the grounds were being prepared for the annual event to return.

 “We had a working bee over the Easter long weekend where 44 volunteers worked tirelessly to get the track and surrounds ready for race day,” she said. 

“The committee is very excited, we have not held the races at Laura since 2019 so it will be great to be back on our home turf. 

“Our races are usually very well attended, we are capped at 3,000 patrons so the turnout will be similar to other years.” 

A three-day pass to all events for the races and rodeo weekend is $80 for people 16 years and over. 

There will be no tickets at the gate and no EFTPOS. Tickets for the races and rodeo are available at (search for Laura).


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