Major event cancelled due to drought, others hang in balance
WITH one major event already cancelled and another weary of ongoing the weather conditions, the drought is taking an unprecedented toll on sports and entertainment sectors in the Southern Downs.
With world-class fields now dry to the bone, the Warwick Polocrosse Club has announced its difficult decision to cancel the second biggest event on its calendar.
The IOR Rosebowl Carnival was meant to be held from 19-20 August, but will not go ahead.
Warwick Polocrosse Club president Les Fraser said the drought had an unforeseen impact on the world-class facility at Morgan Park.
"The dry weather has impacted our fields and we are concerned that if we play at August, the grounds won't have recovered by the time the World Cup comes around in April next year," Les said.
Members of the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society are also concerned the upcoming Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft could be under pressure to source cattle if conditions get any worse.
"At this point now we still have got a bit of time to raise the numbers and at this point there is not need to panic," rodeo chairman Peel Tribe said.
"But look if it gets any worse, that could change and numbers may be cut."
Mr Tribe said the contractors who provide bulls and steers for the rodeo were under financial pressure to source feed.
"It won't affect the rodeo too much because the contractors that we use are full time feeding anyway for the stock to be at peak performance for the event," he said.
"But it is hard on them guys spending a lot of money on extra feeding but they keep their animals in tip top condition."
Mr Tribe said the event organisers were just as committed to putting on a successful event and expected a good turn out despite the difficult conditions faced by many.
"I think you'll find that people use that as a bit of a release and a way to get away from the day-to-day monotony," he said.
Mr Fraser said efforts were being made to preserve the fields in preparation for the Polocrosse World Cup, and was confident the event would still go ahead in April next year.
"We're hugely confident we will be right for April and it's going to be a great event," he said.