NUMBERS: A great crowd turned out to the PBR in Emerald on Saturday night, with fast-paced action in the arena.
NUMBERS: A great crowd turned out to the PBR in Emerald on Saturday night, with fast-paced action in the arena. Kelly Butterworth Emepbr

Rollicking ride a thrill for crowds at Emerald PBR

THE rain held off but there was a perfect storm in town on Saturday, with the rumble of the bulls at the Rural Weekly and CQ News PBR Live Series.

Crowds of enthusiastic people barged through the gates at the Emerald Showgrounds with smiles on their faces as the action unfolded in the arena.

With perfect weather and a vibrant atmosphere, events manager Dianne Hallam said they couldn't have hoped for a better event.

"All things considered it turned out great. I couldn't get over the weather. Someone was looking out for us, we were blessed," she said.

With heavy storms showering the region in the lead-up, all eyes were on the sky to determine if the event would still go ahead.

"To be totally honest, we weren't sure on Saturday morning because of the weather, trying to work out with roads and what would happen, but we're so pleased. The feedback has been absolutely awesome," Di said.

She said future events in the region would bolster tourism.

"We've already had sponsors and people that were a part of it say they want in next year," she said.

"They can see it's a great event and good for the community too.

"It's good for Emerald and that's how it should be - a lot of people benefit from it.

"It's a solid foundation and I can only base it on the feedback that we get, but we'll start planning for a bigger and better event for 2015."

The circuit hasn't wrapped up yet, with plenty more thrilling action on the calendar for next year.

"The next one will be Dalby in March, followed by Grafton, then Maroochydore in April, Hervey Bay in May and the finals will be at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in July," Di said.

"Then we start again.

"They take a bit of work, but we're looking ahead and for Emerald next year we will be looking at how we can make it better."

CQ News general manager Lisa Prowd said the company was looking forward to bringing another event to the area.

"The evening was a great success and I look forward to working with APN to bring more events to the region," she said.

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