Live and mechanical bulls take spotlight at PRCA event in Llano
LLANO — Let’s face it: Bulls are one of the biggest draws to a rodeo. And on Saturday, Oct. 15, the bulls are coming to the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena for the Llano Wild West PRCA Xtreme Bulls competition.
“When they put it up online that it was a PRCA Xtreme Bulls (event), the entries filled up almost immediately,” said Briley Mitchell of the Llano Chamber of Commerce. “It’s lining up to be a pretty big event.”
The bull riding is part of the entire Llano Wild West Weekend on Oct. 16-18, which also includes the Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off.
“The bull riding is four different segments,” Mitchell explained. “It’s 10 bulls, 10 bulls, 10 bulls, and then 10 bulls. We’ll have things going on throughout the performance as well.”
Kids ages 5-11 can take part in the action during the Dress Like a Rodeo Clown competition. For the more stout of heart (and backside as well), there’s mechanical bull riding from 4:30-7 p.m. It’s $5 per ride or $25 for a wristband.
Mitchell has even levied a mechanical bull-riding challenge to Llano County and Llano city officials. But he’s also given them an “out.” All they have to do is raise $250 each through pledges, begging, or just plunking it down themselves to get out of climbing on the back of the mechanical beast.
All the proceeds go to the local recycling center, which provides jobs and training for mentally challenged adults.
Of course, even if an official raises the $250 “out” fee, he or she can probably still ride the beast and try to best the others.
A trail ride at 4 p.m. the same day will take riders from the Llano County Courthouse area to the arena to help usher in the bull-riding event.
Admission for the PRCA Xtreme Bulls is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 5-11, and free for ages 4 and younger. You can purchase tickets at the gate. The arena is located at 2200 RR 152 in Llano.
For more information, call (325) 247-5354.
And after the bull riding, stick around for a dance featuring music by the Riley Mountain Band.
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