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TIGHT GRIP: Chris Whitney of Bonalbo, riding Casper in the top 6 shootout at a previous Mallanganee bull ride.
TIGHT GRIP: Chris Whitney of Bonalbo, riding Casper in the top 6 shootout at a previous Mallanganee bull ride. Dianne Essery

WHITE knuckles and buckles are the order of the day in Mallanganee this afternoon as the East Coast's finest rodeo riders front up to the sixth annual Mallanganee Village Festival and Bull Ride.

 

Whether you're a seasoned cowboy or city slicker wanting a taste of the country, this is an all-ages event.

"It's a really family-orientated day, and the weather's looking absolutely beautiful," organiser Debbie Fitzhenry said.

For the open riders, it boasts one of the biggest prize hauls of $3000 in any National Rodeo Association event plus an extra $500 thrown in for good measure at the winner-takes-all shootout at day's end.

But don't think the bulls are going to make that cash an easy grab.

"They're really good buckers - that's what you want for the open bulls," Ms Fitzhenry said.

For the young ones who want to try their hand at bull riding for the first time, there's a local poddy ride on offer to kids between five and 13 years-old.

"Half of the kids have never been on a beast - but the local bull riders and steer riders will show them what to do, and then they can compete," Ms Fitzhenry said.

Food stalls will be provided alongside full bar facilities and a half-time auction will feature brand new hardware and produce to raise money for the event and donate to charities.

At 7pm, when the event shuts down, the party will shift to Mallanganee Hotel where entertainment and food has been booked in advance by the event organisers.

Free camping facilities are also on offer at the Mallanganee Sports Ground.

MALLANGANEE VILLAGE FESTIVAL AND BULL RIDE

  • Where: Mallanganee Sports Ground, 35 minutes from Casino along the Bruxner Hwy
  • When: Gates and bar open at noon. Bull rides kick off at 1pm.
  • Main Event: The Open Bull Ride, featuring some of the best bull riders from NSW and Qld.
  • Entry: $10 adults, $5 12-17 years old, under 12 free.
  • Local poddy ride for 5-12 yrs: $10.


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