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A bigger, better battle of bulls; Alva's Bull Battle event expands


March 31, 2019

Next weekend, the Woods County Fairgrounds in Alva will host the fourth annual Bull Battle, opening its doors at 4 p.m. on Friday. Bull Riders, Inc. (BRI), an Oklahoma-based sanctioning organization, will showcase bull riders competing for $7,500 in added money and points toward the 2019 year. This will be the biggest event of the year for BRI since their finals back in January. These riders will begin their competition at 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for 12 and under, and free for 5 and under.

This year, the two-night Bull Battle (sponsored by JV Electric) will be featuring a new attraction put on by the International Miniature Bull Riding Association (IMBA). IMBA will showcase four different age groups of kids (ages 6-16) competing on miniature bulls. Each age group division will ride bulls that hold a different level of difficulty, giving the youngsters opportunity to chase down points for their own world finals. Justin Dowdy from HighPoint Productions says he expects this event to be one of the highlights of the show this year.

About starting young riders out on bulls, he says, “I believe that if you start out on a mini-bull, even though he’s just a little bigger in size than your average pet dog at home, he’s still a bull. It’s what you’re used to right at the get go, starting out.” Miniature bull riding kicks off at 5 p.m. There will be mutton-bustin’ available for kids 5 years and younger.

Also new this year to the Bull Battle are the concerts scheduled for each night of the event. Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, a band from Decatur, Texas, will be performing, and on Saturday night the Lane Haas Band (Haas is currently a student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University) will play after being opened for by Weston Price of Wilson, Kansas.

Both concerts will take place in the Merchants Building and will kick off immediately after the bull riding concludes. Admission is $8 for singles, $12 for couples, and $6 for 12 and under. There is no charge for kids 5 and under.

Saturday night’s event includes a meal from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Ring of Fear – a showdown between a bull (a mini) and a small group of people in a chalk-outlined ring. The last person standing wins.

Dowdy says he and the others who have worked hard to put the Bull Battle together are looking forward to another great show this year – only bigger and better.

All proceeds from this event will go to the family of Nick and Cara Bradt.


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