Second annual Bullriding Challenge Saturday night
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
People don’t even have to be rodeo fans to enjoy the excitement of the second annual Chase County Bullriding Challenge Saturday.
The action will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT at the Chase County fairgrounds with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.
This marks the second year for the event sponsored by the Chase County Fair Board and the Imperial and Wauneta Chambers of Commerce.
The groups brought the event back after such a good response last year.
Fair board member Kenny Smith of Wauneta, one of the chairs of the event, said their goal is to make this year even better.
He said V Lazy S Bull Riding Productions of Tryon will again conduct the bullriding.
The Troy production company said they continue to get entries and expect 25 or more riders for Saturday’s event.
Smith said the plan is to conduct the bullriding in the west portion of the arena nearest the grandstands.
V Lazy S brings in all their own chutes and fencing so the existing chutes in the arena will not be used.
Smith said this brings the action much closer to the fans.
He said they considered bringing the action even closer by erecting the arena in front of the grandstand.
However, he said that didn’t allow enough room for fans, food vendors and the beer garden.
Smith said there will be an elimination go-round, which will include all riders entered in the event.
Then, the top 10 riders from the elimination go will return for a short go to determine the winner.
Bull bucking in morning
Smith said the day will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with a bull bucking event. This will be free to the public.
Smith explained stock contractors will enter up to three young bulls, all under age two, in the contest to see how well they buck.
The bulls will each be carrying a dummy cowboy when they break out of the chute.
Judges will then score the bull on how well he bucks. The contractor with the three best scoring bulls will win the contest.
Smith said it’s a fun event to watch to see how the bulls perform. Plus, it’s free to the public, he added.
Dance to follow
Everyone who purchases a ticket to the bullriding can also enjoy a dance following.
The Drivin’ Dynamics will perform for several hours after the bullriding. Beer sales will continue during the dance, as well.
Advance tickets for the event are available at Imperial banks, Wauneta Chamber members and also at the gate Saturday night. Tickets are $10 per person.
Children under 12 will be admitted free.