Pro bull riding kicks off Saturday at fair grounds
Bull riders, bullfighters and a legendary barrel man will be in the spotlight on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Eighth Annual Fredericksburg PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
Professional bull riders from Texas and around the world are expected to compete in the event, sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.
The Fredericksburg PBR will also feature legendary bullfighter or “rodeo clown” Leon Coffee.
A new event added this year is American Freestyle Bullfighting.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the professional bull riding starts at 7:30 p.m.
General admission is $18 online and $20 at the gate.
Admission for children six to 12 years of age is $10 and free for children five and under.
Box seats are $40 and reserved seats are $25. Cost for first responders and military personnel is $10.
To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.gillespiefair.com or call 997-2359.
Tickets will also be sold at the gate on the night of the event.
Beer and concessions will be sold on the grounds.
Parking is free.
The Fredericksburg event is part of the PBR’s Touring Pro Division, with riders competing for points to earn spots in the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas in October.
The bull riding takes place on the track in front of the grandstand, and the chutes will be set up so that the bulls will ride out toward the grandstand.
A salute to honor those Texans who served is planned.
Officials with the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association noted that the evening is suitable for all ages and is family friendly.
New to the Fredericksburg PBR this year is Shorty Gorham’s American Freestyle Bullfighting.
The event features four bullfighters versus four fighting bulls.
Bullfighters taking on the Lights Out Fighting Bulls include Dalton Brody, Zack Arthur, Callum Cole and Myles Essick.
The bullfighting is scheduled between the sections of bull riding.
The event will also include mutton busting for youngsters.
Mutton busting is limited to the first 20 riders who sign up.
Participants must weigh 70 pounds or less.
There is a $20 entry fee, and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Coffee, a native of Blanco, has spent more than three decades on the professional rodeo circuit as a rodeo “clown,” more often referred to as a bullfighter.
His job was to distract the bulls and protect the cowboys while entertaining the crowd with hijinks and family humor.
He has worked as barrel man for both the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), was named Clown of the Year in 1983 and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
A PBR Pre-Party will be held on Friday night, Sept. 8, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
There will be goat roping and roping games for kids.
Books for the goat roping open at 6:30 p.m. and the roping starts at 7 p.m.
There is a fee for the goat roping.
A meal by donation will be served around 7:30 p.m. in the biergarten.
For more information on the pre-party, check the Fredericksburg PBR’s page on Facebook.