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Bull Riding: 8 seconds to buzzer

Amped Up Productions puts on a quality show with mutton busting for kids and plenty of cowboys, fire, bulls and glitz. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

Amped Up Productions puts on a quality show with mutton busting for kids and plenty of cowboys, fire, bulls and glitz. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By Liz Johnson/Staff Writer

I’ll bet none of the outlaws who robbed the Hughes and Wasson Bank in 1867 ever hopped on a 1,000-plus pound angry bull and tried to ride it for 8 seconds. But that’s just what the cowboys do at the Amped Up Productions bull-riding rodeo that is topping off the Outlaw Days weekend for a second year in a row.

Headed up by former professional bull rider Isaiah Dunn, of Warrensburg, the rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Ray County Fairgrounds arena.

Prior to the main event, 30 kids will get to try their hand at riding sheep in the mutton busting contest. Kids can begin signing up for mutton busting at 6 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis. They must be age 7 or younger and weigh up to a maximum of 70 pounds. Every child will receive a medal for competing. Kids are provided helmets but may bring their own.

The meat and potatoes of the night is the bull riding that begins at 7:30 p.m. But that’s not all. Flame-throwers, smoke and fireworks will entertain the crowd as the sun sets and the night begins.

“A few locals will be riding,” said Dunn, “as well as cowboys from Brazil, Texas, all over.” The majority of riders are from around the Midwest.

“A lot of those that ride bulls,” he said, “travel all over the United States doing bull riding. A cowboy can make $10,000 in one weekend.”

The complete story is in the Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 Richmond News. It can also be viewed in its entirety by clicking on E-Edition in the top menu and choosing “Complimentary Publications” on the next viewable page.

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