Lower Lakes Stockman's Challenge & Bush Festival

This unique festival highlights Aussie bush heritage for the young and old to experience the life of days gone by with all the fun of the fair only 45 minutes from the city. Visitors will enjoy the many food, wares, wines and entertainment on offer with the Gumnut Challenge, face painting and fun activities for the kids with free entry for 10 years and under.

The fun doesn’t stop for 3 days with the Friday night Bush Dance set to get your boots dirty and country super star Mick Lindsay bringing his country-fried rock to the stage on Saturday night to keep the party going. If you think traditional country is all “He-Haw” and yawn, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Mick can fill a floor in 0.6 seconds with revellers from ages 6 to 60, especially when he adds his own funky grit to his commercial originals, classic faves and fresh funky radio hits. A master craftsman, Mick Lindsay is astounding audiences nationwide.

This high-energy event will have you gaping in delight. You will see explosive whipcracking, cattle handling, bareback riding obstacle course, jumping and more - and that's only the preliminaries! Sunday sees all the jaw dropping finals action with the Stockman’s Horse Catch and Poley Saddle Rough Riders.

2018 sees 63 competitors from all over Australia battling it out for the title of Legend of the Lower Lakes. ‘Our stock men and women come from the far corners of South Australia, from northern NSW and the Victorian Gippsland; and we have two competitors travelling from WA for the first time,’ reveals founder and President, Kathy Angel.

The Challenge brings out the fabled camaraderie and rivalry of the Aussie bush with one family of competitors Darren Towns with wife, Mel and 15 year old Laney Towns from Victoria determined to win the Legend title in 2018. All three of them placed second last year in their respective sections so the pressure is on! Their competition includes 2017 Men’s Legend, Victorian Lincoln Adams, returning to defend his title and the first Women’s Legend from 2012, Christy Davison from NSW returning after having her first baby. Another favourite to watch out for is Summer Drysden who won the Junior Legend last year and is now competing in the Women’s section and her Mum, NAME, is competing in the Gunna Be competition for the first time.

‘This event is one of a kind here in SA and is getting bigger and better every year with fabulous support from local businesses, and interstate ones too. The Challenge really gives the local economy a boost, our visitors get to enjoy our grass roots heritage and proceeds support The Royal Flying Doctor Service as they’ve been supporting the people of the outback for decades. We know it’s a fabulous weekend because people are coming back every year!’ – Kathy Angel, President of The Lower Lakes Stockman's Challenge.

A unique opportunity for all to experience the excitement of the Aussie outback skills and lifestyle of the stockmen and their horses with all the fun of the festival.

One Day and Three Day Passes available. Family (2+2); Adults; Junior (11-17); 10yrs and under free.

For more information: www.lakeschallenge.com.au info@lakeschallenge.com.au


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