CANCELED: PRCA Xtreme Bull Riding
OCT. 16: Due to Llano River flooding, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls event in Llano this weekend has been canceled.
What’s a Wild West weekend without a little bull thrown in? Actually, a lot of bull as the PRCA Xtreme Bulls tour stops in Llano on Oct. 20.
The bull riding begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152 West.
“Bull riding is really big, especially around here,” said Briley Mitchell, executive director of the Llano Chamber of Commerce. “This event is the cream of the crop of the cowboys.”
The PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls tour draws some of the best bull riders from across the country and beyond. This year, Diamond S Rodeo returns as the producer, promising some of the strongest and most agile bulls in the business.
In bull riding, the animal accounts for 50 percent of the score with the other 50 percent based on the cowboy’s ride. The better the bull, the better chance of the cowboy netting a higher score.
Last year, three of the top bull riders in the world made their way to Llano to compete in the event.
“With bull riding, you can always expect a great show,” Mitchell said. “They bring in some tough bulls specifically for this event. So these cowboys are going to face some of the better bulls you see in the PRCA.”
And for the $15 price of admission, spectators will get a night full of bulls. Mitchell said they expect 36 to 40 of the beasts.
And kids 12 and younger get in free, so it’s a great deal for a family.
Tickets are available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Train Station Drive, or online at prcallanorodeo.com. If you purchase a ticket and a T-shirt online and enter the “Bulls18” code, you get a 10 percent discount.
This year, the chamber has also rounded up a number of vendors. Plus, there will be beer and food concessions.Parking is free, and there’s plenty of it.
Along with the bull riding, the South Texas Longhorn Association is holding a show Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21, at the center. It’s chance to check out this iconic cattle breed.
“This is like a livestock show, but it’s just longhorns,” Mitchell added. “It’s open to the public, so people can come out and see some incredible longhorns and maybe learn a bit about them.”
The longhorn event starts Friday with a youth show at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the open show begins at 10 a.m. with the non-haltered and trophy steers show following. Things wrap up Sunday with a second youth show following the 9 a.m. cowboy church service.
Go to stla.org for more information on the longhorn association and the show.
Llano's Western heritage weekend also includes the Western Trappings on the Llano exhibit at the Llano County Historical Museum. The annual Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off, which usually takes place this weekend, has been canceled due to inclement weather and flooding along the river. Organizers are looking to reschedule it in April 2019.
You can also check out the Llano Chamber of Commerce website at llanochamber.org for other upcoming events.
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