Fireworks at Goomeri New Year's Rodeo
IF YOU asked the hundreds at the Goomeri Rodeo on Saturday if they would prefer to ring in their new year at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, they would laugh you back out the gate.
Rodeo enthusiasts from across the state converged on the town at the weekend for the National Rodeo Association's Goomeri Show Rodeo.
A packed field of competitors across more than 40 events put on a show for spectators, with junior competition leading into the main events as the sun set on 2016.
Rodeo treasurer Trish McArthur was on hand for her third rodeo, and although she struggled to get out of the office on the night was ecstatic with the turnout.
"It was a very long night, but it was an excellent one - everyone enjoyed themselves,” McArthur said.
"There's a lot of families that enjoy coming to the rodeo, and it's something for the young ones as well. It was a great way to celebrate the new year.
"We were very happy with the crowd.”
Temperatures soared and the action heated up, but for a brief moment eyes turned from the ring to the carpark when a smuggled-in firework exploded.
"Oh I didn't know about that, but it doesn't surprise me (something like that happened),” McArthur said.
After police intervention, attention returned to the action in the ring, where Matthew Carlo claimed the $1000 prize for the open bull ride ahead of Dave Mawhinney and Taylor Schultz. Brian Copper was crowned the novice bull champion.
Under 12 Poddys: 1. Ty Payne, 2. Nash Jones, Angus Holland, 4. Dylan Meech, Jemmah Stapleton, James Parker.
Girls Barrel Race: 1. Ellie Granger, 2. Rachel Little, 3. Sharni Webb, 4. Teal Ayers.
Under-18 Barrel Race: 1. Riley Spring, 2. Emi Carlson, 3. Brooke Read, 4. Cassidy Howard.
Saddle Ride: 1. Brad Warburton, 2. Michael Neylon, 3. Robert Dawson.
Open Bull: 1. Matthew Carlo, 2. Dave Mawhinney, 3. Taylor Schultz.
Novice Bull: 1. Brian Cooper, 2. Charlie Bond.