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Bull ridin’ keeps the natives happy

In Agribusiness on May 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm

It should come as no surprise that spending on leisure pursuits is off this year. Obviously, the horrific economic events of the past year have a lot to do with that.

But in these tough times, it’s nice to see that rodeo events are still an affordable entertainment option for the lower middle class and well-to-do, alike. How do I know? Well, I was at a bull ride and concert that spanned two nights this weekend, and I saw the classes, the races and the political leanings together in a mixed bag of fun that rivaled most events I’ve attended.

This event, called FestiBull-Kickin’ it at RiverFest, was a choice-grade hunk of All-American entertainment, complete with a kids’ cowboy camp, cute girls hawking energy drinks, funnel cakes, beer, and of course, 30 of the meanest, ill-behaved specimens of bovine bravado ever to kick up a hoof. And then there were the riders: 15 brave souls from near (Mulvane and Rose Hill) and far (Nebraska), including championship rider Jesse Schellhamer.

The fans-several thousand of them-cheered the victories, groaned over the spills and sat in rapt silence with breath held tight as they waited for the eight-second horn. Afterward, they enjoyed concerts by Randy Houser and Hattrick.

All of this cost less than $15 including tax. What a value!

A baseball fan like me can’t go to the Royals game that cheap, and the on-field performance is rarely as good, anyway. I think I might switch sports. I am so glad I live in America…Middle America, that is!

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