RECORD numbers in campdrafting events at this year's rodeo have enthusiasts revved up for what is set to be one of the biggest weeks in Warwick's history.
For the first time, round one of the CG Welding and Maydan Feedlot Ladies Silver Cup will kick off two hours earlier at 10am on Monday with more than 250 entries.
The Ladies Silver Cup will herald the start of the biggest sporting week of the year in Warwick, with seven action-packed days of campdrafting and the "most famous rodeo" in Australia.
With more than 1840 entries in the five campdrafts, co-announcer Lorna Fanning said more competitors are coming to the Warwick events because of how well it has been run in past years.
"It's fantastic to see so many entrants in the campdrafting events," Ms Fanning said.
"The feedback in previous years has been excellent and I can see more people flocking to our events in future.
"A lot of money will be brought into the town with everyone staying here, buying their food and generally checking out the town."
Ms Fanning has been involved in Warwick campdraft events since the early '80s and has watched the events evolve over the years.
"It's definitely changed, there's a lot more people around," she said. "I just love this time of year, there's always a great atmosphere and I get to catch up with people who come from across Australia to be here."
Ms Fanning said she knows competitors who are travelling from the Northern Territory and Victoria to be here next week.
"Campdrafting is a real family event," she said.
"Often you will see mums, dads and kids all competing together.
"I'm really looking forward to next week."
For the past decade Lyn Lutzow has been commentating campdraft events.
This year Mrs Lutzow will be commentating the Ladies Silver Cup final.
"It's something that I love doing each year," she said.
"The ladies seem to be getting more and more into the event.
"I think they like it because the whole family can be involved."
Mrs Lutzow said she can remember a time when drafting would start on the Wednesday of rodeo week.
"It's great that it's getting bigger," she said.
"I think it will continue to grow and eventually there will have to be a cut off for numbers.
"But while we can handle it, the more people we can draw here the better."
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Kate Andersen said they were pleased with how preparations for next week are coming along.
"Committee members and volunteers have been working hard every day," she said.
"They are preparing the grounds and facilities. If we didn't have their continued support, the event couldn't run."
Ms Andersen said APRA rodeo nominations close this afternoon. Those who wish to enter need to phone 4661 4766.
For more information visit http://www.warwickshowandrodeo.com.au.
CG Welding and Maydan Feedlot Ladies Silver Cup
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Frasers Livestock Transport Stallion Campdraft
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Campdraft entries are now closed, but people can still enter and may get in on scratching.
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