Palmyra to welcome National Federation of Professional Bull Riders

Posted: Nov. 30, 2013 8:36 pm Updated: Dec. 21, 2013 9:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Rockin A Arena will host its first NFPB Rockin A Bull Bash on Dec. 6-7.

The Rockin A Arena will welcome more than 50 cowboys from the National Federation of Professional Bull Riders for performances on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sandy Trudell, the event and marketing coordinator for the Rockin A Arena, said bull riders will come from various parts of the Midwest for eight seconds of glory. Trudell said rodeo events at the arena have been wildly popular, but guests have always been drawn to bull riding more than anything. Trudell speculates at least 1,000 guests will attend the event.

"It's something that keeps people on the edge of their seats," Trudell said. "You've got this thousand pound animal and you put a cowboy on it who has to stay on it for eight seconds. That's quite a feat."

Trudell said that winter is a slower season for the cowboys and many are excited to perform in the indoor event.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a mutton busting competition for children. Participants will take turns riding on the back of a sheep and keeping balance as long as possible.

Bull riding begins at 8 p.m. Trudell said competitors will buck a total of 42 bulls. Ticket for adults are $15 or $12 in advance before Dec. 2. Children 6 and under are free.