Come to the Wild, Wild West at next year's rodeo

RODEO: Next year's theme for the 2022 Rodeo by the Sea will be
RODEO: Next year's theme for the 2022 Rodeo by the Sea will be "Come to the Wild Wild West" and hope to be able to fundraise to crown a new Rodeo Queen. Photo: Kurt Walter

While the dust settles on this year's sell out Rodeo by the Sea, planning and decisions have already been made for next year's event.

Event organisers have asked ticket holders to "Come to the Wild Wild West", promoting Eyre Peninsula's rugged coastline on the last Saturday of November, 2022.

Lyn Finch from Streaky Bay Tourism said they hope to crown a new Rodeo Queen next year if their fundraising is successful.

"If COVID doesn't impact on the fund raising capacity of those enrolled in the Rodeo Queen, it will happen," she said.

"Participants will be raising money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service."

Rodeo by the Sea's major sponsor, Clint McEvoy from Nutrien West Coast Ag Solutions presented Mr Graham Gunn, director of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, with a cheque for $3,000.

Mr Gunn shared with the crowd that the Royal Flying Doctors had over 60 call outs to the West Coast in the last 12 months.

This year's event, themed: Bigger Better STRONGER, was a success over the weekend, despite COVID-19 restrictions capping attendance numbers.

Local MP Peter Treloar opened the ceremony while local singer Jodi Martin sung a rendition of the National Anthem to the crowds pleasure.

Mr Rodeo, Glyn Shackleford, was the announcer for the event and no one missed out on the action thanks to a 9m x 6m video screen.

Halftime entertainment saw Country and Western singer Gemma Louis sing a song especially for Rodeo by the Sea and Motorcross riders raced the Barrel racers.

Barrel racers Jane Holmes and Jessica Crisp were the winners, and trophies were presented by local sponsors West Coast Livestock Transportation and Ms Penny Williams.