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The ultimate bull riding event comes to Townsville.

Almost 20 years after Professional Bull Riders (PBR) events began in Townsville, the deciding chapter in the 2018 Grand Final will entertain north Queenslanders over two nights of action.

Held at the Townsville Entertainment Centre on November 23-24, the event will involve 22 of the country’s best bull riders, along with international stars and champion bulls, in a number of intense showdowns.

The battle for the Australian title is still anyone’s game with four riders, Aaron Kleier, Cliff Richardson, Fraser Babbington and Cody Heffernan, neck-and-neck.

PBR Australia General Manager Glen Young said they were expecting the 2018 title battle to attract diehard fans from all over Australia.

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“It is anybody’s title this year and, with four events to go and the bonus points on offer at the Grand Finals, fans can expect a very tight battle,” Mr Young said.

“The event is a great opportunity for local athletes like Budd Williamson and Braydon Welby, who are in the running to qualify and compete in front of their hometown crowd.

“With more than $70,000 up for grabs in prize money and bonuses for riders, plus an additional $14,000 in bonuses for stock contractors, it is the richest stand-alone bull riding competition of its kind in Australia.”

Townsville Acting Mayor Cr Les Walker said the PBR Grand Finals would provide a huge economic boost to Townsville.

“The PBR Grand Finals are expected to attract around 10,000 people to the Entertainment Centre over two nights, which is great for our city,” Cr Walker said.

“More than half of these bull riding fans come from out of town and stay in our hotels and eat in our local eateries – which is great for creating local jobs.”

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Tickets for the PBR Monster Energy Tour Grand Finals are still available, with prices starting from $23.50 per person.

For more information visit www.pbraustralia.com.au