UPDATE 10PM: BULL rider Troy Wilkinson has taken home first place and a sore lower back after his ride in the Hervey Bay Pro Bull Riders Live Series event.

The New South Wales front-runner was given a score of 85.5 for his eight second hold in the first round, but after being trampled by Unearthed the bull, his ride was over for the night.

"Doing this sport, you don't like 'when will I get hurt?' - you think 'how badly will I get hurt this time?'" Troy said.

"I'll just put some ice on it, take some Panadol and hope it's better for next week in the final."

Troy will go on to compete at the PBR Live Series final in Grafton, for a chance to take home $10,000.

With just half a point separating winner Troy from runner-up Roy Dunn, Troy congratulated his opponents.

"They all rode really well," he said.

"It was pretty close."

UPDATE 7.30PM: The PBR bull-riding kicked off with a bang, as all of tonight's riders were introduced to the crowd.

Fraser Coast singer James Johnston performed the national anthem before our first rider shot from the chute.

The best 10 riders will come back out tonight for a second go, to decide who makes it one strep closer to the series final.

UPDATE 6.30PM: FOR 21-year-old Lachlan Slade, tonight's Pro Bull Riders event will make or break his chance to win the series, but he's confident he will make it.

Tamworth rider Lachlan and the 39 other riders competing tonight will have just eight seconds to prove their strength up against some of Australia's toughest beasts, in the hopes of making it to the 2016 Live Series final.

Since he started riding 15 years ago, Lachlan has suffered countless injuries including a punctured lung and crushed ankle.

Despite the horrific injuries, he said he was never afraid to "jump on and give it a good go".

"Yeah it's all part of it," Lachlan said.

"It's all I've known and I just love it."

Lachlan and the other riders are gearing up to ride at 7pm.

UPDATE 5.30PM: THE gates have opened, and now is the time to grab some hot food and the perfect seat at the Pro Bull Riders Live Series Tour.

So far, more than 100 people have bought tickets at the door, plus hundreds more have jumped the queue with their pre-bought tickets and have set up for a  night of non-stop bull riding action.

For food venue owners at the ride tonight, this could be one of the busiest nights of the year.

Baked potato seller Chris Stanford has ordered 80kg of potatoes to feed the hungry masses.

"This is my first year at PBR," Ms Stanford said.

"Last year they didn't have enough food so I've come prepared; it depends on how busy it is."

Fraser Coast singere James Johnston will be performing live before and after the riding, which starts at 7pm.

EARLIER: THE skies have cleared and the countdown is on for Saturday night's action-packed Pro Bull Riders Live Series tour at Scarness' Seafront Oval.

 

With less than an hour before the gates open, now is the time to grab your ticket and start lining up, because you could be competing with 3000 people for the perfect view of tonight's bull-bucking action.

Once the gates open at 5pm, you'll have plenty of time to grab some hot food and a cold drink before the riding starts at 7pm.

With 40 riders bursting from the chute tonight, expect nothing less than edge-of-your-seat action for the evening, followed by great live music from Hervey Bay artist James Johnston to keep the party going.

 



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