A day to ride, race and fight

IF YOU like your sport live, untamed and unchained then today is your day.

Whether it is spilt blood, bucking bulls or burnt rubber that gets your pulse racing, it is all happening on the Northern Rivers today.

Cage fighting, rodeo and drag-racing at your finger-tips and the good news is, if you are a fast mover, you may even fit it all in.

The action begins at Mallanganee today when the village hosts its annual Festival and Bullride.

Aside from cowboys and bucking beasts, the festival will also showcase a host of wannabe Don Burkes in a ride-on lawnmower race, as well as a post-ripping competition where men with chainsaws fashion fence-posts from fallen trees.

Back down the range in the afternoon and Summerland Drags hosts its first race-meeting on the old Casino airstrip.

Upwards of 150 dragsters, V8s, motorcycles and exhibition vehicles will hit top speed up the one-eighth mile strip with trophies and bragging rights up for grabs.

Then, while the cowboys nurse injuries and the hoons scrape burnt rubber from chassis, it’s fight time.

Spilt blood and broken bones are on the menu when Underground mixed martial arts stages a 10-fight card at Lismore Workers.

The promoter has rounded up six local fighters so there will be plenty to cheer for when theses fighting machines enter the caged hexagon.

Blood, bulls and burnt rubber on the Northern Rivers should leave even the wildest of sport fans suitably satisfied.

WEEKEND PLANNER

Mallanganee Village Festival

Mallanganee Sports Oval.

Gates open 12pm.

$10 adults, $5 children, $20 family.

Summerland Drags

Casino Airport. Gates open 2pm.

$20 admission, kids under 12 free.

Underground MMA

Lismore Workers Club.

Doors open 6pm.

$50 general, $65 cageside.



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