Julia Creek PBR draws crowds at Dirt N Dust 2018.

The toughest show on dirt didn't disappoint at Julia Creek, with the PBR drawing thousands of people - and bugs.

The crowds were out in force at Dirt n Dust Central on Saturday night, the PBR kicking off a night of entertainment.

Dirt n Dust Festival President Steve Malone said the event drew huge crowds, of both people and bugs.

“It’s been interesting, to say the least,” Mr Malone said.

“But then again, this is the outback, we are at the end of summer with some rain, and it’s what you get from time to time.

“It adds to the experience and has certainly been the talking point of the weekend.”

Several young riders from across the North and North-West made their PBR debut including Mount Isa’s Donovan Rutherford, who finished third on the night.

Bert Gregory, from Mareeba, Mount Isa’s Jake Curr and Joey Buckingham were also in the line up for the first time.

Julia Creek PBR winner Justin Paton, 25 from Nebo in Queensland said he was stoked to take out the win.

“I had a win last weekend as well, so I feel like I’m getting back to my old form that I lost for a while,” Paton said.

“It’s great to be back riding bulls, doing what I love.

“I’ve never had a lot of success out here at Julia Creek, so it feels great to win an event I have always dreamed of winning.”

King Social took to the stage following the PBR in what was the end to a big weekend for the Townsville based band, who earlier entered the bog snorkeling and then participated in the triathlon.

Lead singer Angus Milne said Saturday night’s crowd was awesome.

“We played to a crowd of thousands after the PBR and it rocked,” Milne said.

“Everyone seemed to be having a ball and there were some pretty impressive dance moves out there.

“We have just loved it out here and we will definitely be coming back next year. It’s just the best weekend - a great experience.”

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