Grab your boots and get ready bull ridin’ fans, the “HOTTEST 8 SECONDS OF THE YEAR” is back… and it’s bigger and better than ever!!  The National Professional Bull Riders bring some of the nation’s top bull riders to town for a 2-day event on January 26 & 27 in the Payne Auto Group Arena at the RGV Livestock Show Complex, Mercedes, TX.   Top cowboys will compete for an average of $14,000 in money and prizes.  This includes a chance to win one of three $600 Monsoon Silver Champion Trophy Buckles and a sack full of money.  The NPBR is one of the premier bull riding tours in the country and has been entertaining crowds since established in 2000.


The four-footed beasts that cowboys will be trying to score points on will be a hulking, snorting temperamental 2,000-pound bull.  Many are up and coming stars of professional bull riding.


This is your chance to be up close and personal with the bulls and the bull riders.  You will experience the thrills and spills of each one and be able to cheer on your favorite contestant.  Afterwards, join the NPBR Bull Riders for the “After Party” Saturday night at Mustang Lounge!!


Returning this year…South Texas Bull Fight Challenge.  This will be the first stop on the South Texas Bull Fight Challenge Tour.  Five top bull fighters will be competing against each other not only for money in their pockets but also for a chance to perform in the finals held in September.    In a freestyle bull fight, the bull fighter goes one-on-one against a Mexican Fighting bull for 70 seconds.  The bull fighter is judged on his willingness to expose himself to risk and on his aggressiveness.   You will be on the edge of your seat watching these athletes showing off their skills!!


Pro Rodeo Clown and Barrelman, Joey “Hashbrown” Hackett from Hutto, TX will be showing off his comedy routine from inside the “clown barrel” at each performance.  Joey has established himself as one of the hottest barrelman and funny guy personalities in the world of Professional Rodeo.  Working rodeos from Florida all the way to Washington, he brings southern family Cajun humor to relieve any stress or worries your life holds.    You can be promised top notch, family oriented entertainment for both performances.


There will be something for everyone including music, food, vendors, pony rides and a calf scramble for the kids.  Mustang Lounge will be hosting the “Meet the Cowboy’s” after party on Saturday night, January 26, following the bull riding….And come take a picture with the African Watusi Bull, Oliver!!


Local sponsors for this event are 100.5 KTEX,  Mustang Lounge, BootJack Western Stores, Welcome Home RGV, Payne Auto Group, BrushTek Pipeline Maintenance, Med-Care EMS, Executive Inn, City of Mercedes and Mercedes EDC, KRGV-Channel 5 & KRGV-Cable 1240 Somos El Valle.


Pre-sale tickets are available at Boots & Jeans in Weslaco, Bull Rider in Harlingen and all Boot Jack Western Stores.  Adults are $14 pre-sale and $16 at the gate.  Seniors (55+) are $12 presale and $14 at the gate.   Kids (6-12 years) are $7 pre-sale and $8 at the gate and kids 5 & under are free.


Chris Marshall starts the action on Saturday, January 26 at 5:30 pm with a variety of country music and the bull riding and bull fights start at 7:30 pm.   The Sunday, January 27th matinee show will start with a performance by “Ruthi” at 12:00 noon followed by action pack bull riding and bullfights.



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