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Thrills and spills promised at Murrumbateman Rodeo Stampede

Organisers of a twilight rodeo in Murrumbateman this weekend have promised bucking horses and bull rides will be as action-packed as a knife-edge football match. 

More than 1500 onlookers are expected to experience the thrills and spills of the Murrumbateman Rural Supplies Rodeo Stampede on Saturday.

Murrumbateman Rodeo committee president Matt Darmody prepares for this weekend's event.
Murrumbateman Rodeo committee president Matt Darmody prepares for this weekend's event. Photo: Jay Cronan

Organising committee president Matt Darmody said this was the second time the event had been held at the  Recreation Grounds, just off the Barton Highway. 

He expected it would draw families, as well as Canberra city slickers who might never have experienced a rodeo.

"We've taken the exciting parts of rodeo and put them together into one event," he said. 

The event will start with a bull ride - "the most exciting and dangerous event in rodeo" - from 5pm.

"At this type of event, it's really adrenaline-pumping, it's keeping you on the edge of your seat, except for a five minute rake and water every now and then to the get the dust under control," Mr Darmody said.

"It's good flow and the idea is to keep it as close to a football match as possible for a couple of hours."

More than 80 contestants from across NSW will battle it out in a swift series of events which will include barrel racing and steer wrestling.

Mr Darmody, who will play the part of rodeo clown at Saturday's festivities, was born into the rodeo scene and went to his first event when he was six days old.

He said events like the rodeo stampede brought together members of the close-knit community. 

"It's a pretty good thing to be part of, you've got a lot of your mates out here as well."