RODEO READY: Getting set for the Fraser Coast Show rodeo are Shane Kraut, an over 40s bullrider, Dean Weller, rodeo promoter and contractor, bull rider Sonny Pearse and Travis Franklin.
RODEO READY: Getting set for the Fraser Coast Show rodeo are Shane Kraut, an over 40s bullrider, Dean Weller, rodeo promoter and contractor, bull rider Sonny Pearse and Travis Franklin. Alistair Brightman

RODEO: Get ready to buck and roll at showgrounds

RODEO: Hold onto your hats - it's going to be a bumpy ride.

No-one knows that better than Travis Franklin.

Tonight, the rodeo will go ahead at the Fraser Coast Show and it's set to be bigger and better than ever.

But Franklin won't be among the riders this year.

The keen competitor had to have plates inserted into his arm after suffering a serious injury while trialling bulls earlier in the year.

"It was a bad injury," he said.

"I've been slowly coming back."

That won't keep him on the sideline though.

He will be out in the arena tonight, doing protection clown work to keep riders safe.

While Franklin isn't quite up to riding yet, his daughter Marnie, 14, will be in on action, riding the mini bulls.

"She loves bull riding," he said.

"She's got no fear."

Some of Australia's top riders will be taking part in tonight's event, as well as high calibre bulls.

"They're not silly bulls, they're well trained and know what to do," Franklin said.

Competitors of different ages will take part in the rodeo, including youngsters on mini bulls and poddies, an open event and a seniors event for those aged 40 and older.

"We'll have some over 50s riding on Friday night," Franklin said.

Kicking off at 7pm, this year Weller Rodeo Productions will be at the helm of the event and business owner Dean Weller can't wait for the night to begin.

Hailing from Gundiah, he said it was great to be part of the rodeo at his local show.

One of the bulls to watch out for tonight is Agricon Steep Encounters, named for the Maryborough business that sponsors him.

"He is in contention for bucking bull of the year," Weller said.

About 8pm there will be a short break as the fireworks display goes ahead.

The rodeo is expected to continue until 10.30pm.