THE town of Mitchell put a terrible year behind it with another successful New Year's Eve Rodeo.
In February, three quarters of the town was under water in record Maranoa River floods while the road bridge was devastated leading to the fast-track of replacement plans.
Then in August, hopes of de-amalgamating the old Booringa Shire were dashed by the State Government.
All that was forgotten on Monday, with a huge roll-up of smiling faces at the rodeo grounds, determined to see out the year in style.
Over 800 people were there to watch a great day of timed events and roughstock riding.
Rodeo secretary Debbie Tully said no one was in a hurry to leave and most saw in the new year with the bar finally winding down at 2am.
There was plenty of spills and thrills to keep the big crowd happy, most of whom were keen to grab whatever shady vantage point they could find as temperatures soared into the high 30s.
Ms Tully said the best all round cowboy was not awarded on the night but Angus Mitchell would have been a contender.
"Angus was involved in nearly everything," Ms Tully said.
Mitchell was joint winner of the bareback broncs with his 74 points on the night matched by West Australian talent Anthony Thomas.
Brett Coggan was the only other competitor to record a score and his 61 points saw him finish second.
In the timed events, Jason Mailman was best in the calf roping with an 18 second time, edging past Richie Hamilton and Neil Hesse.
Tracey Porter was queen of the barrel racing with a 16.53 second time.
Lisa Hutton was second on 17.03 seconds and Shirley Ayres was third on 17.63 seconds.
Young Teal Ayres of Roma continued to mark herself out as a star of the future with a convincing victory in the junior barrels.
However, Pete and Suzie Barber's longhorn cattle proved too strong in the 'kamikaze' event, the steer wrestling with no scores on the board.
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