Can you tame the bullish beast?

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

RIDE ’em cow­boy – or cow­girl.

It’s time to dust off your chaps and boots and pull out your cow­boy hat be­cause the me­chan­i­cal bull is back.

One hun­dred peo­ple have al­ready put their names down to try to tame the beast at Banjo’s Bar and Bistro on Satur­day night.

Banjo’s owner Joanne Cut­ler said the bull was “just some­thing we like to do for the lo­cals”.

“It gives them a bit of fun and en­ter­tain­ment,” she said.

Ms Cut­ler said this would be the bull’s third ap­pear­ance at Banjo’s over the past three years and it al­ways drew a huge crowd.

“It’s fun to ride and it’s fun to watch peo­ple ride it,” she laughed. “And we al­ways en­cour­age cow­boy dress – it’s more fun and makes it a bet­ter at­mos­phere.”

Ms Cut­ler said the com­mu­nity al­ways em­braced the spirit of the evening.

Be­tween 6pm and 7pm chil­dren will be able to have a go be­fore things kick up a notch or two for the adults from 710pm.

“We have (cash) prizes for the long­est ride for the kids and adults,” Ms Cut­ler said.

De­spite the large num­ber of peo­ple al­ready booked in for a ride, and more ex­pected to sign up on the night, Ms Cut­ler said it al­ways flowed smoothly and ev­ery­one usu­ally had sev­eral turns on the bull.

“Some peo­ple aren’t on the bull for long,” she laughed, though some rid­ers of­ten sur­prised. “They look like they’ve been rid­ing pro­fes­sion­ally,” she said.

Bookings aren’t nec­es­sary to ride the bull. Ms Cut­ler said ev­ery­one could just turn up on the night.

WILD RIDE: A young cow­boy takes on the Banjo’s buck­ing bull.

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