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PRCA Xtreme Bull Riding Returns to Llano on Oct. 21

The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Xtreme Bull Riding returns to the John L. Kuykendall Arena, 2200 RR 152 in Llano, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Adults pay $15, while children get in for $5. Courtesy photo

LLANO — It’s the talent of the rider and the grit of the animal that makes this event extreme.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Xtreme Bull Riding returns to the John L. Kuykendall Arena, 2200 RR 152 in Llano, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Adults pay $15, while children get in for $5.

Included in the price of the ticket are country music concerts featuring McKenzie Jones from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and the Vintage Dudes and Tom Ben Lindley from 3-7 p.m., all at the arena.

About 15 minutes after the bull riding ends, the Vintage Dudes will reappear on stage. Members of the group perform just about every Sunday and will take turns singing lead.

“Tom Ben is really good,” Llano Chamber of Commerce executive director Briley Mitchell said. “He sounds just like Willie Nelson. And since it’s bull riding, we have to have country music.”

Rafter G. Rodeo Co. is the stock provider, and athletes will be competing for $10,000 in prize money. Xtreme Bull Riding will draw up to 40 bull riders with at least three in ranked in the top 10 of the PRCA poll.

In order to accommodate demand, organizers cut the arena in half to add 700 more seats.

“That doubles our seating on the far side,” Mitchell said. “So it’s good seating everywhere.”

Rodeo clown Gizmo McCracken will entertain between rides.

“He does different acts and interacts with the crowd really well,” he said. “This guy is in the crowd just about. He’s with them all the way.”

Since October began a new fiscal year, riders want to begin earning points for the new season. So many will come to Llano for that reason.

“The more points you accrue, the better chance you have to get to nationals,” Mitchell said. “Spectators get a big bang for their buck.”

Call the chamber at (325) 247-5354 for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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