by Bettina Warburton
RODEO: The dust was kicked up around the Bowen River Rodeo grounds over the weekend with riders struggling to hold on for the eight-second count as campdrafters rounded around the arena.
The 131st Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft saw almost four thousand people through the gates taking in the weekend action.
Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft secretary Kimberly Whalan said the crowd had a great time and the weather had held up well over the weekend.
"The weather has been fantastic, nice and cool,” she said.
"Last year it was so hot, too hot.
"The stock's been magnificent, there's been some good bulls and buckjumpers, it keeps the competitors on their toes.”
Whalan said the family-friendly event was a hit with children as well.
"There's been plenty on for the kids such as bush sports, which is like pony club events, we had sideshows and merry-go-rounds, for the little fellas to get around on,” she said.
"There were events for the children such as the junior rodeo and campdraft events.”
Rodeo and Campdraft president Daryl Walsh thanked all the volunteers and sponsors for helping to get the event off the ground with the whole community getting behind the event.
"Without all the volunteers and sponsors the rodeo wouldn't happen,” he said.
"At the end of the day you'd be lost without all of them.”
In the end it was experienced campdrafter Rohan Marks who claimed the Open Draft win.
Locals weren't left out of the mix either. Flying the flag for Proserpine was junior rider Jayme Farr who managed to win the Junior Draft.