Bull Blast event to blast off Friday

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

L.J. Jenkins again brings Bull Riding Tour to Cassville

Cassville's third annual L.J. Jenkins Bull Blast, presented by event sponsor Marck Recycling, will take place on Friday at the Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the events will begin at 7:30 p.m.

A Missouri native, Jenkins is a world-class, PBR bull-riding champion, who started the tour three years ago to give young riders opportunities to compete in the sport and qualify for the PBR circuit. At age 18, Jenkins competed in his first PBR event in Wyoming and won, kick-starting a 10-year, highly-successful career in the professional bull-riding circuit, before retiring due to a neck fracture in July of 2015, ranking as the 24th-ranked bull rider in the world.

An 11-year Built Ford Tough Series veteran, Jenkins has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In 2006, he won the PBR World Finals average as only a second-year rider in the circuit, and in 2011, won the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Bull riders from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas and even Brazil will compete and attempt to break the spirit of some of the fiercest bulls in the business.

Jenkins will be present at the event, along with brother and rodeo clown Dustin the Jester Jenkins to entertain crowds.

"The father and son from Arkansas that put on the pyrotechnics will be there, also," Crowe said. "They do a really good job."

"Some of the bulls you'll get to see like at the PBR events on TV from Reliable Ford Tough will be there," he said. "There will be some really good bull riding. And there'll be some local riders from Missouri, and Luke Bradley from Seligman.

Along with the adrenaline rush lure of bull riding, riders will compete for cash.

"The'll pay an entry fee of about $100, and on top of the entry money, we add $3,000," Crowe said. "We usually try to buck about 40-45 bulls a night is what people can plan on seeing. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the fun."

Cassville Rotary members help organize the event, prepare the arena, and run concessions, which will be available at the event.

Admission is Adults, $10; Kids ages 6 to 11, $5; Kids 5 and under are free.

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