WILD RIDE: 2016 NRA champion Jack McAuthur on RealSteel at last year's Bell Show.
WILD RIDE: 2016 NRA champion Jack McAuthur on RealSteel at last year's Bell Show. Michael Doyle

Championship rodeo returns for Bell Show

ALL OF the thrills and spills of a full rodeo will be on display in Bell on Sunday.

For the first time in several years, a full-championship rodeo consisting of eight events will be held in the Western Downs town.

Recently, the Bell Rodeo has hosted a bull ride and barrel race, but an increase in interest and popularity has reinstated the once popular event.

This Sunday's rodeo, held by the National Rodeo Association (NRA) will be part of two competitions.

For the second year running, the Bell will be the second leg of the Downs Buckle Series, which is contested over four rodeos.

With a full eight events on offer, the Bell rodeo is also part of the Western Buckle Series this year.

Chairman of the NRA, Jason Hall, said he was looking forward to a great day of rodeo to close out the Bell Show.

"This year Bell is back to a full-championship rodeo, and that is as good a reason as any to come out and watch,” Mr Hall said.

"Competitors have the chance to win point sin two different competitions so it will be an exciting day of rodeo.”

The increase in events has been out of demand, due to the Bell Rodeo's rising popularity in recent years.

Mr Hall said it was fantastic to host a championship rodeo, and believes the rodeo will grow even larger in the coming years.

"You tend to find in smaller towns, people from the neighbouring areas all gather to enjoy the rodeo,” Mr Hall said.

"I am think the community will come together this weekend for the event.”

The event will be held during daylight hours, making it ideal for families to attend.

The Bell Rodeo will commence at 9am this Sunday, and is expected to finish at approximately 4pm.