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TAS Country : January 24th 2013
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 25, 2013 News Ross Rodeo ready to rock ROGER HANSON ACTION STATIONS: Livestock is in top condition for Ross Rodeo says Robert Brown. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN THE renowned Ross Rodeo will again get the blood rushing with its action- packed program. Ross Rodeo Association president Robert Brown said a crowd of about 2000 is expected for a great family day at the 53rd Ross Rodeo on Saturday, February 2. ''The planning for the Ross Rodeo is going really well, and we are hoping a fun-filled day and competitors will be in full swing,'' Mr Brown said. About 80 competitors are expected. ''They enter via APRA, which is the Australian Professional Rodeo Associ- ation. We will have a full rodeo program,'' he said. The committee that runs the not-for- profit venture has put together an exciting program that will appeal to action-seekers as well as families. It includes woodcutting events. ''Once we cover costs we will be donating profits to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal,'' Mr Brown said. A monster raffle will boost the fundraising coffers. Mr Brown said the livestock was in excellent condition. Gates open at 8am, with rodeo and woodcutting events starting at noon. At 11am Brian Fish will bring back a taste of yesteryear when he puts his classic working bullock team though its paces. Mr Brown said the whole family should enjoy Eddie Freeman's chain- saw sculptures, the old engine display and a full sideshow. Athol Leary, from Campbell Town, will be there with his trick horse. ''The horse plays drums, drinks beer and has about 48 tricks, it is quite something to see,'' Mr Brown said. There is a licensed bar, so no BYO alcohol. ''We ask people not to bring their dogs because of the other animals at the rodeo,'' Mr Brown said. Price for adults $12, family $25, children and pensioners $6, under 8 are free.Wool centre has grown at fast clip ROGER HANSON ANNIVERSARY: The Tasmanian Wool Centre at Ross celebrates its 25th year on February 27. THE Tasmanian Wool Centre at Ross, the largest retailer of woollens in Tasmania, celebrates its 25th anniver- sary on February 27. Tasmanian Wool Centre manager Debra Cadogan-Cowper said the centre, like other rural businesses, had endured its share of challenges. Over the years it has developed into a multi-functional business combining retail with museums and a visitor information service. ''It is able to meet the needs of tourists and local Tasmanians alike,'' Mrs Cadogan-Cowper said. To mark the occasion, two events are planned next month. On Sunday, February 17, from 10am an open event will demonstrate sheep shearing on the front lawns, sheep dog trials on the oval across the road and a meeting of the handweavers, dyers and spinners guild members from through- out the state. Ivan Heazlewood will sign his new book From the Sheep Pen at intervals between 11am and 1pm inside the centre. On Sunday, February 24, following an afternoon tea for invited guests an open tour will unveil new displays. Well-known textile designer Jan Dineen is providing a floor talk about her woollen designs. Other displays include the return of the Coburn Tapestry and Ermenegildo Zegna Perpetual Trophy. Both have had extensive conservation work at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Charcoal sketches by June MacLucas of the Ross Bridge icons will be unveiled. The Tasmanian Wool Centre was developed as a result of the Midland Highway by-pass in 1975. To encourage people into Ross, a centre to promote tourism and the importance of the wool industry in the district was forged. The steering committee also wanted to recognise the valuable contribution of the late Sir Donald von Bibra, who served on the Australian Wool Board for 13 years and was chairman of the Joint Wool Selling Organisation from 1973 to 1977. Community organisations including the Ross Rodeo Association, Ross Council, the existing Wool and Craft Centre and private donations all helped to create the centre, which has pro- vided employment on a continuing basis for six locals.
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