Bumper crowd expected for Gymkhana
Tuesday, 30th September, 2014
By Ethan James
The Hill family is setting their sights on the Tibooburra Gymkhana and Corner Country Reunion this weekend.
Ethan and Edward Hill and their father Bodie have a link with the town that dates back almost 100 years.
Their mother's side of the family has connections with Waka Station, 80kms west of the town, that began in the early 1920s.
Bodie and Rachel bought the property, now used for sheep and cattle, late last year. The boys are the sixth generation to live in the region.
They will travel from the property to take part in the reunion in Tibooburra this weekend.
The township is set to host a massive crowd, with the event being held in conjunction with the annual Gymkhana.
"A surprising number of people have links to the area. Back in the '30s you used to have many families working on stations, so there are plenty of connections," said Bodie Hill, President of the Tibooburra Sports Club.
"Gymkhana weekend is always a highlight on the annual calendar as well, so to have both on at the same time is huge for the town."
A full Gymkhana, Bikekhana and Rodeo program will be held at the Tibooburra Sports Grounds starting at 9am on Saturday and Sunday.
A Wild West dress-up kicks off proceedings on the Friday night, while karaoke and a band will take centre stage on Saturday evening.
"You don't need a bike or horse to be part of the fun," Bodie Hill said.
"There are novelty events for the whole family including tug-of-war and foot races, plus a bouncy castle and Toy Library for kids."
Hill said that gymkhana attracts about 400 to 500 people each year and expects that to double with the two events overlapping.
As part of the reunion a family and local history display will be set up in the Tibooburra Town Hall.
"Everything has been booked out, the hotels and pubs, but there is plenty of camping space," he said.
"I've been up here 13 or 14 years and I can't remember one (reunion) being held in that time, so it's going to be a big weekend.
"It's all about visitors and locals coming together to meet up with old friends, make new friends and have a great time.
"For a little town of about 150, it's not bad."
Ethan and Edward plan to compete in the kids/ events on their pony 'Missy'.