TWO months after the end of the Second World War people were starting to celebrate and in Bega one organised event, the CWA Rodeo and Gymkhana, was tremendously popular and its success was reported in the Bega District News's November 5 edition.
KEEN interest was taken, especially in the buckjumping events, something that never fails to appeal to Australians.
Several English naval men present said they had never seen anything like it before, and they reveled in it.
The buckjumping was as good as we have seen at the Royal Sydney shows, horses from the tableland and from this district mostly succeeding in unseating the riders quick and lively.
Champion rider of the day was Jack Delahunt, a noted Australian rider from Murrurindi, and who was discharged from the army a couple of weeks ago.
He was decorated with the championship ribbon by Mr Jack Rogers.
Local riders Dick Johnson, W Parbery, Jack O'Reilly (Bimbaya) and K Gaudie held their own very well with the crack horsemen from outlying areas.
Steer riding and other horse and trotting events filled in a highly interesting and entertaining programme, the only complaint being there was at times too much of an interval between the events, but any one who had anything to do with such programmes knows how difficult it is to keep riders up to the timetable.
Mr N Alison and Mr Don Rixon, on the loudspeakers, kept competitors and the crowd well informed.
Judges of the buckjumping, etc, were Merssrs JB Baker, Bobingah station Monaro, and Mr RT Hassell, Braidwood, who is president of the Rough Riders Association of Australia.
Messrs Horace and Sid Rixon were chief stewards.
Messrs Murray Otton, Evan Hetherington, Bruce Douch and Percy Ubrihien and others whose names we did not get assisted.
Judges of the procession were Mrs Rose (Cooma) and Mrs Wright (Bibbenluke).
Mr Dan Gowing looked after the trots in his usual capable manner.
Gate receipts were 374, gross takings at the liquor booth (Mr Dom Brady) 214 pounds, chocolate wheel (conducted by Mr Eddie Reeve) 83 pounds, and boxing, conducted by Mr S Cuzner, 25 pounds.
The CWA younger set conducted the Haslingden fruit and soft drinks stall and a host of other ladies luncheon and tea booths.
Gross takings were 1350 pounds, which include many generous donations.
Mr W Dickerson, secretary, did a power of organising work, giving up some weeks of his time. The financial result, is most gratifying and shows what can be achieved by organisation and publicity.
At night the pavilion was taxed to overflowing for the dance.
In the guessing weight competition, Mrs Gus Heffernan guessed the correct weight of a bullock (507lb).
In the guessing weight of sheep: The weight was 96 and a half pounds, and L Dixon, Daisy Bank, Bega, was nearest with 95lb.
Guessing height of pole (27 ft eight-and-and-half inches). C Moon was nearest with 27ft nine inches.