Prize money adds zest to Yalgoo’s Emu Cup dust-up

‘Emu riders’ from across the Mid West will converge on Yalgoo for the 2013 Emu Cup, drawn by theoffer of stardom, adoration and even a bit of prize money. The Emu Cup forms part of “Goo Fest” 2013, a two day extravaganza to be held on the 6 and 7 September.

Yalgoo President Terry Iturbide says Emus and their riders from Morawa, Mullewa, Mount Magnet and other Mid West towns will pose a real challenge to the home-grown Yalgoo locals.

Terry says the Emu Cup has not been run for a few years so the Emu Riders may be a bit rusty.

“This year’s race provides a real opportunity for the outsiders to take home the silverware.” “We are even running three to five year old and six to nine year old divisions so some of our riders, and emus for that matter, will be competing for the first time.”

“The track will almost certainly be dry after the winter rains and the wildflowers will be blossoming so spectators will be in for a real treat. “

Goo Fest kicks off Friday 6 September with the official opening of the new undercover sports facility that includes a ‘rage cage, skate park, BMX track, playground and mini-golf circuit.

Goo Fest also marks the official opening of a host of completed projects ranging from the new nursing post and new water park to the improved air strip, ADSL connection, solar lighting and more.

Friday night’s concert offers a great night of free entertainment featuring the Bartlett Brothers, Vice Jones, Emily Ruffin, Junkadelic and local act Nema. All this will be followed by fireworks and a film screening of the The Sapphires.

Saturday’s Emu Cup Master of Ceremonies is the larger than life DJ Rev. After the races are done and dusted he is guaranteed to get the crowd dancing to some old-time favourites and popular new beats.

“Goo Fest” 2013 celebrations bring together entertainment and community over 2 full days of excitement and activity in Yalgoo. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to find out more or would like to compete in the Emu Cup please contact Pip Parsonson at the Shire of Yalgoo on 99628174.