Cowboys ride into town
A MECHANICAL bucking bull is one of many new activities for rodeo lovers and their families to enjoy at the Kingscliff Rodeo at Cudgen Leagues Club today.
There will also be a Calcutta for the first time, where punters can "win" a cowboy, and which will donate 20% of the pool collected to charities.
"We have a new contractor, Dean Weller, running the event this year, to mix things up a bit and make a few changes," rodeo organiser Jayne Henry said.
Prize money had been more than doubled for many events, which was expected would encourage some of Australia's top cowboys to take part, she said.
More than 40 riders from northern New South Wales and southern Queensland had signed up early for the rodeo, which had become an important part of the Christmas season celebrations with Tweed residents and visitors alike, Ms Henry said.
The action, which will include open, novice and junior bull rides, as well as the popular saddle bronc competition, starts at 7pm.
For the kids, there are amusement rides and games, and food stalls will stay open into the evening.
After the rodeo, there will be a performance from local band the Round Mountain Girls.
Gates open at 3pm, for the National Rodeo Association sanctioned event
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for high school children, $10 for primary children and concessions. A family pass (two adults and two children) costs $50. Pre-schoolers are free.