Booleroo sheep races show no sign of slowing down

Booleroo Centre's wildly successful sheep races returned for a second year last Saturday, and once again provided a great day out for the community.

The event saw people from all around the Mid North gather to cheer on the 10 racing sheep, as well as enjoying the food and drink facilities offered on the day.

It's definitely bigger than last year.

Booleroo Sheep Races committee member Alice Nottle

Booleroo Centre Sheep Races committee member Alice Nottle was thrilled with the turnout, with an estimated 500 people in attendance.

"It's definitely bigger than last year,” said Mrs Nottle.

While the committee had not finished counting the money raised by the event, they believed they had already surpassed last year's total of $11,000.

The money will be used by the Booleroo Centre Community Development and Tourism Association, who will put it towards the development of Booleroo's main street.

Though the development project is in its early days, current plans include adding a new curb and some parking spaces, as well as planting more trees.

The event also raised money with its gold coin entry fee, which will be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Sheep Races committee spent all day Friday setting up for the races, working from 9am to 7pm to make sure Booleroo Oval was ready for the big day.

Preparations went smoothly, although the weather forecast was a slight cause for concern among committee members.

"We were a little worried about the wind", Mrs Nottle admitted.

The event will likely return next year, but may become a bi-annual occurrence rather than a yearly one, depending on its popularity.

Mrs Nottle thanked the volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible, and especially thanked the major sponsor, Aussie Farmers Group.

"The committee is just six women and their husbands who were dragged along", she said.

"We couldn't have done it without all of the volunteers.”


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