Stanthorpe Rodeo last year.
Stanthorpe Rodeo last year. File

A bucking good time approaches

ONE of the biggest annual events to be held at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds is upon us.

The 2018 Spano's IGA Stanthorpe Rodeo is just days away as the rodeo circuit gets set to swing into town on Saturday, March 3.

"It's going to make for fabulous viewing and is fantastic family fun and entertainment for people to come watch at that Apple and Grape Saturday night,” Paula Boatfield said.

"The rodeo starts at 2pm and it'll go right through. It's a full program with open events, novice events and junior events.

"In the new development that's happened (at the arena) we've created what we affectionately call 'spectator hill' and it allows for even more spectators to see the action, have something to eat and a drink at the bar.

"We probably get around 70-80 competitors in all the different events. They come from all around south-east Queensland and northern NSW.

"You've got your competitors who just follow rodeos around the circuit.

"It's just fun to watch. The animals are trained to do this. The contractor that we have knows Stanthorpe very well and he knows the local riders that compete. So our local riders have all their family and friends who want to see them fall off a horse or bull.

"The competitors take it very seriously because they get points on the circuit and that all leads to an overall competition so they absolutely give it their best,” Paula said.

Entry fees are $20 for adults, $15 for adult concession, children (5-18-years) $5 and $50 for a family. Crisps Coaches will run buses on the day. Sponsors are still being sought with earlybird tickets available now through trybooking.com

For more information contact Paula on 0428 195 202 or visit www.facebook. com/rodeo stanthorpe/.

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