A rodeo will close the 2017 Murgon show, picture from the 2015 Goomeri Rodeo.
A rodeo will close the 2017 Murgon show, picture from the 2015 Goomeri Rodeo. Tessa Mapstone

Rodeo to close the 2017 Murgon show

THE Murgon Show rodeo will return on Saturday night to close the event.

Show society president Joan Adams said the rodeo would be similar to previous years.

"There is not a lot new about rodeo, but there are extras,” she said.

"We've got the open bull ride, then over 40s.

"The over 40's prize money has gone up to $1000.

"There will be a lot of entries coming into that area.”

Mrs Adams said the rodeo would begin at 6pm.

"You have an hour for your bull rides from 6pm, then at 7pm we have fireworks,” she said.

"Then we're straight back into it.”

She said there were more than 90 entries so far in the open bull ride.

"The open bull ride prize is $1500, so there is nothing to stop you entering,” she said.

"With that prize money, we could still be there until 1am as it's the most entries we've had.”

She said the rodeo was a highlight of the show.

"It's very important to the show,” she said.

"It draws in a lot of people that like rodeos; they come from about 4pm.

"You'll see the influx of those people, there is quite a lot of them, which is good.”

She said next year they might have to start the rodeo earlier because of overwhelming demand.

Alicia Spa and Hair Worx owner Alicia Pidgeon has sponsored the 2017 rodeo.

"It's going to be a big event,” Ms Pidgeon said.

"I've been trying to foster to get the rodeo back and I put my money where my mouth was this year so it continues.

"It's been going for a few years now and I've been trying to give them a bit towards it, now I've got my chance to be the major sponsor this year.”

She said the main attraction of the rodeo was the man versus beast aspect of it.

"It is what everyone usually goes for, and the fireworks,” she said.

"It's family orientated, it's a sport, it's man versus beast.

"Sometimes I'm even supporting the the bulls.”

She said a lot of work went into preparing for a rodeo.

"The bull riders are athletes,” she said.

"So are the bulls.

"Because of the challenge of man versus beast, they prepare themselves the way any athlete does.”

Ms Pidgeon said she liked to travel around Queensland and watch rodeos in different places.

"There is great talent that comes to the town for it,” she said.

"Hopefully there will be some local fellas among the bull riders.”

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