KICKING DUST: Coffs residents Jesse Riley and George Corbett will compete in Saturday’s Coffs Harbour Rodeo.
KICKING DUST: Coffs residents Jesse Riley and George Corbett will compete in Saturday’s Coffs Harbour Rodeo. David Barwell

A whip-cracking return for Coffs Rodeo

IN THE world of rodeo, eight seconds is all you have.

The dust will be flying, the bulls will be snorting and the jingle of spurs will be heard when the Coffs Coast Rodeo returns this weekend.

It's been more than a decade since the event was staged on local turf and will include a spectacular program including bulls, barrels and the open Bull Ride.

Front and centre in the novice bull ride and saddle bronc sections will be Coffs Harbour competitors George Corbett and Jesse Riley.

"I used to be a jockey and I've rode plenty of buck-jumpers, but not saddle bronc - it will be a little bit different," Jesse said.

"It's good to have it back in Coffs and there should be a lot of riders coming to make it a great show," George added.

The show society is predicting the event will attract crowds of more than 4000 people.

Gates, food and bar open at 4pm on Saturday and Mark Shay's band will entertain crowds immediately after the rodeo.

Tickets cost $15, children $10 and family $50.



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