THE WEETALABA Campdraft was held in Collinsville, on May 26, 27 and 28, and went off without a hitch, with organisers saying it was the biggest one yet.
The Weetalaba Campdraft is a sporting event involving a horse and rider working cattle. It is held at Weetalaba Station, Collinsville, in May every year.
The event is run by a small committee, which oversees all organisation and preparation of both the area and the ground amenities, as well as the donation and transportation of the cattle used for the event.
The Weetalaba Campdraft has been running for 17 years and is an incredibly popular event for local families.
Weetalaba Campdraft president Nathan Reinke said the weekend went well and is growing each year.
“This year was the biggest draft we’ve had nominations wise – the most nominations we’ve ever had and the biggest bar taking ever,” he said.
“It was just a good overall draft; it was the best cattle we’ve ever tasted. They all come from Weetalaba station.
“We’ve had good feedback on the day and on Facebook, people say it’s one of the best drafts around.
“It’s a lot of work but, when you get comments like that, it really makes you want to do it all again next year.”
The event strongly relies on sponsorship and donations in order to continue to host such a successful event.
This year, major sponsors included Mort and C, Tolsworth Hay and Grazing, and BMAgBIZ.
The organisers were also grateful for the help of Lyn Sanim and the Collinsville Foodworks team, who sponsored the event, as well as providing all the food and catering over the weekend.
“We always try and buy local, so it puts money back in the town, that’s what it’s all about.”
This year, the team donated money back to the Scottsville and Collinsville schools.