By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
Friday night will be an exciting one for rodeo fans in Picture Butte.
The first annual Picture Butte Bull-A-Rama goes Friday, April 12, at the North County Recreation Complex.
“I think that it is a great opportunity for the town to come out to have some fun, and it’s something new,” said Melissa Hengerer, chairperson for the Picture Butte & District Recreation & Culture Committee. “This is a prairie town, you know, and it doesn’t get much more prairie than (bull riding).”
The event is hosted by the Picture Butte & District Recreation & Culture Committee. DeBolt Rodeo Productions had approached the committee about putting on a Bull-A-Rama in town, which the committee thought was a good opportunity.
“Picture Butte is close to home for us, because we’re from Vulcan, and we noticed (they) didn’t have one, not to mention we’ve heard some pretty good things about the community and how it comes together, and how (good) it is to work with them, so we thought it was a perfect place (to hold a Bull-A-Rama),” said Chantelle DeBolt, co-owner of DeBolt Rodeo Productions with husband Cody.
The event will consists of bull-riding, with steer-riding going during the intermission, the latter which DeBolt said was added last minute.
“The animals themselves are the big difference, so you’re riding either a bull or a steer,” said DeBolt. “The steers will obviously have younger kids on them, whereas the bulls have professionals (riding them).”
DeBolt says the draw of bull riding has to do with the atmosphere, the intensity and danger.
“It’s a adrenaline rush, even for the crowd.”
Tickets for the Picture Butte Bull-A-Rama are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-14 and kids under five get in for free.
Tickets are available at the Picture Butte Library, North County Liquor Store or by calling 403-652-0083. They are also available at the door, but those are limited in number.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the rides going at 7 p.m. Last call for rides will be at 11 p.m., and the Cactus Pub and Grill will be holding an after-party.
“Seeing that we’re in a cattle area, and everything revolves around it, I think it will be a good show and the beginning of, hopefully, a great yearly event for our community and the surrounding areas,” said Hengerer.