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Bull Challenge in Marble Falls Beckons Thrillseekers

The Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department's Bull Challenge is 6:30 p.m. May 20 at Charley Taylor Arena.

MARBLE FALLS — Manny Trinidad chuckled at the observation. Surely there are safer and easier ways to raise money for the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department than a bull riding event, right?

“We’re a country town, and rodeo events are loved by the community,” said Trinidad, the department’s president. “It’s an adventure. It’s exciting. People like to see it. Contestants are tough. They don’t hide it. They like doing it.”

The annual Bull Challenge is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Charley Taylor Arena, 3053 U.S. 281. Admission is $10; ages 5 and younger get in free. The Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club, which also benefits from the event, will operate the concessions.

The bull riding is an open challenge, which means both professionals and amateurs can compete. To sign up call production company and stock provider Diamond Cross Rodeo at (512) 229-6242.

“Anyone in the area can come and participate,” Trinidad said. “Last year’s winner was a 16-year-old boy from Central Texas.”

In 2016, the event drew 21 challengers, 40 bulls, and 1,500 spectators.

Bull riding won’t be the only attraction in the arena. Kids ages 5-7 can test their rough-stock skills in the mutton busting event at $20 a rider. Sign up in advance by calling (512) 680-1833.

Proceeds from the Bull Challenge will be used by the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department for scholarships to Burnet County high school students pursuing careers as first responders. Last year, the group handed out scholarships to two Burnet High School graduates.

The department also will use a portion to purchase equipment and pay for training.

“We brought (the event) back to bring awareness to the community,” Trinidad said. “We needed to offer opportunities for young people. It’s a great opportunity to promote (first responders) and raise money for scholarships.”

Sponsorships are still available. Call (512) 680-1833 or go to mfavfd.org.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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