Kapunda Rodeo gearing up for a big year

EXCITEMENT: Rodeo will begin in the afternoon and continue into the night at the Kapunda Harness Racing Club, Hancock Road. Photo: Liz Dunkley Photography
EXCITEMENT: Rodeo will begin in the afternoon and continue into the night at the Kapunda Harness Racing Club, Hancock Road. Photo: Liz Dunkley Photography

Bigger and better is the theme of this year's Kapunda Rodeo.

The rodeo will be back in town on November 16, starting at 2pm and promises an abundance of family entertainment, music, food and exciting rodeo action late into the night.

Organisers are keen to build on the success of last year's event that earned the 2018 Kapuna Rodeo the title of Community Event of the Year award.

Rodeo Committee president Paul Smith said preparations were well underway.

"We've got most things booked, all the catering vans are booked and a lot of community events are going to help out this year so it's all good," Mr Smith said.

Rodeo action will kick off in the afternoon and continue into the night.

For those not competing but still up for a challenge, the famous mechanical bull will be one of the many attractions that attendees can look forward to.

The currently undefeated mechanical bull will be taking on challengers who hope to best it.

Family entertainment includes side shows, a petting zoo, face painting, bouncy castles, clowns and rides.

Committee president Paul Smith said he wished more events of this kind were happening around South Australia.

"It's just a great event. There's not enough of them (rodeos) in South Australia," he said.

"Our facebook page has just been slammed at the moment."

Visitors will have plenty of delicious food to enjoy from a small fleet of gourmet food trucks.

Classic favourites will be returning, such as kransky, steak sandwiches, yiros, squid, hot honuts, strawberries and cream, soft Serve, cool cones, and liquorice. Live music by the 'Barking Ants' will begin from 10pm.

Make A Wish and Riding for the Disabled SA will be at the event supporting their important causes. Rodeo competitors have up until a few days before the event to register and tickets will be available online through the Kapunda Rodeo soon.

Last year the event had roughly 5000 people, making it the largest rodeo in South Australia and Mr Smith said they are hoping to see that number come through the gates again this year.