Morehouse Parish residents can't seem to get enough of bull riding events which showcase tough bull riders and the massive, ornery bulls they ride.
Bayou Bull Team Challenge and Futurity plans to “amaze and excite rodeo lovers” this Saturday during its first appearance at the Morehouse Activity Center (MAC.)
“This will give people a chance to see bulls that that are featured on T.V.,” said Clint Thrash, the producer of BBTC. “These are not you average bulls and people will be able to see them in their hometown.”
Thrash said 40 “big bulls” will be coming in Friday night from 10 stock contractors.
“Each contractor will be bringing four bulls apiece. They'll pay $1000 entry fee to enter all four,” he said. “All the bulls will be competing against each other for prize money.”
Thrash said the prize money will be $4,000 for 1st place, $2,400 for 2nd place and $1,600 for 3rd.
“The prize money amounts will depend on if all the stock contractors show up,” he said.
In addition to the bull's that'll be competing, Thrash said 30 cowboys have signed up to ride.
“It'll be cowboys from several different states and some will be local boys,” he said. “The've all been pre-selected. They entered a while back on our website.”
Thrash said a new attraction in the show is the Futurity event. This will be young bulls, one to two years old, competing for prize money for owners.
“They're the superstars of tomorrow,” he said. “They're not big enough for people to ride. They'll be bucking dummies.”
After the bull riding events, there will be a concert by Bastrop native Travis Whitehead.
“He's an up and coming country singer,” Thrash said. “He just cut a new CD.”
In addition to the wholesome family entertainment the BBTC plans to bring to the MAC this weekend, city officials say the event will bring with it more than an exciting performance.
Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce director Dorothy Ford said the rodeos bring “a significant boost to our economy.”
“There's been quite a few rodeos at the MAC this year and the people who come to them are not all from Morehouse Parish,” she said. “That's the key.”
Ford said when spectators or participants come to the rodeos, “they spend money.”
“I've seen their trailers at the hotels,” she said. “They're eating at our restaurants and they're shopping in our stores.”
Although Thrash has never brought the BBTC to the MAC, he has brought the North Louisiana Rodeo Association here for the past two years.
“We come about twice a month,” he said. “There's a youth rodeo and an adult rodeo.”
Ford credits the MAC for all the rodeo events that help Morehouse Parish's economy.
Page 2 of 2 - “I think the MAC has done exactly what it set out to do,” she said. “Not only does it have fun events that are great for the whole family, they're great for our economy.”
The BBTC will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 with the Futurity contest. The bull riding competition will begin at 8 p.m. and the Travis Whitehead concert will be at 10 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at the Silver Spur. Tickets will be $25 at the gate.