Bull Riding Classic bucks back into Aberdeen April 13-14

Kelda J.L. Pharris kpharris@aberdeennews.com
Farm Forum

The Northwest Pro Rodeo Association Bull Riding Classic is bucking back into Aberdeen.

After a hiatus of a few years, it returns April 13 and 14 with more entertainment and bonuses for fans.

Bull riding starts at 7 p.m. both nights. And the weather won’t be a problem as the event will be inside the Holum Expo Building at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

Hopes are that the classic will again be an annual event. To try and ensure this year’s success, two full nights of entertainment are planned.

Dustin Evans will be performing for an after party both nights starting at 9 p.m. at the Dakota Event Center. Those who buy tickets to bull riding get in free. Folks who just want to kick up their spurs to Evans’ music must pay a $10 cover.

“If you come to the bull riding, it’s quite a value,” Wally Mosbrucker said by phone Tuesday.

The event is organized by Mosbrucker Rodeos out of Mandan, N.D. The bull riding classic had been a fan favorite in Aberdeen for about 20 years before a lack of sponsorships cut the Hub City out of Mosbrucker’s circuit, said Sabrina Metz with Lamont Cos., a sponsor of this year’s event.

The classic brings both local bull riders and those who follow the circuit, Mosbrucker said. The limit is 40 riders per night. Fans will also be able to bid on their favorite riders during a cowboy auction.

“That’s where they auction off the riders. Fans can bid, and whoever’s the highest bidder gets that rider,” Mosbrucker said.

Fans who “own” one of the top four riders each night get money back.

“We’re excited to be back,” Mosbrucker said. “We look forward to some great crowds and great family entertainment.”

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If you go

What: Northwest Pro Rodeo Association Bull Riding Classic.

When: 7 p.m. April 13 and April 14.

Where: Holum Expo Building at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 400 24th Ave. N.W.

Cost: $18 for adults and $5 for children 4-12 in advance at the Hitch’n Post, $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12 at the door.

What: After party with music by Dustin Evans.

When: 9 p.m. April 13 and April 14.

Where: Dakota Event Center, 720 S. Lamont St.

Cost: Free with bull riding ticket, otherwise $10.

Skylar Johnson of Mandan, N.D., slides off the back of his bull during the 2015 Bull Riding Classic at the Holum Expo Building. The event returns to Aberdeen April 13 and 14. American News archive photo