SOME of the region's best bullriders will strut their stuff on "home turf" at the Muswellbrook Drought Buster Charity Rodeo this weekend.
The "free" extravaganza at the Muswellbrook Showground on Saturday (October 19) not only features talented horsemen and women, but also music, twilight markets, children's activities and much more.
Gates open from 9am.
Muswellbrook Charity Rodeo president Brad Singleton revealed the event would showcase a full program - all the usual categories, including juniors.
"It's also the end of the points' year for competitors on the ABCRA circuit," he said.
"So, we'll host some high-quality bullriders, with a good bunch of locals.
"It will be terrific to see the likes of the Attenboroughs, Parkinsons, Richardsons, Cody Heffernan and Heath Nichols in action.
"We have a lot of home-grown talent in the Hunter Valley.
"Muswellbrook Showground boasts a great surface - and set-up.
"It's fast and quick.
"Fitzsimmons Bros Livestock, from Branxton, has always supported us as well.
"They'll provide as good as stock as anyone, so it all sets the scene for a massive occasion."
Singleton and Upper Hunter Show Society Inc president Keith Googe were quick to thank sponsors Malabar Coal, MACH Energy, Bengalla, Mangoola, BHP, Thiess and Muswellbrook RSL Club for their support.
"Without their assistance, as well as many other local businesses, we wouldn't be able to run an event like this at no cost to anyone," Mr Googe added.
"We just want people to take a break from the drought and enjoy a full day of free entertainment."