The Stock Show & Rodeo is in town!
With cowboy boots in tow, the husband and I kicked off to "Bulls Night Out" Tuesday night. Our friends had 2 extra tickets & since we had never been before, we thought, "why not?" It was an absolutely fantastic time! The bulls are magnificent and fierce, the riders young and tough, the announcers amusing and entertaining and, finally, thank the gods that be the rodeo clowns are not creepy.
There was always an intermission show between the sets of bull riding. During one, two gambling tables had been set up while the announcers started in about, "do you enjoy gambling?!" I thought, "great. Card gambling - how boring." My thoughts started to wander around in my endless abyss of a mind. But I proceeded to watch six men split up into three at each table. With a disinterested yawn, where I tossed around heading to the restroom . . . . . I watched a bull pen open and a giant bull charged out at full speed. Towards the tables. He hit the first one and smashed it to pieces; taking two gamblers and their chairs with him. The third remained in his seat. The bull turned around, charged and violently knocked him over and then proceeded to run this cowboy over two more times (he used his horns and feet. Yes, he was injured a bit, but these are real cowboys). Not quite finished, the bull took out the second table and all it's men sitting in their chairs with one charge. From what I came to understand, the last one sitting in their chair was to be the winner. Let me point out here, with this second table, when the bull came a charging - all the men jumped and ran to the fences. I would too. I don't have those kind of cajones. In fact, you would never get me to sit at one of those tables. Ever.
As violent as it sounds, it was awesomely fun! I think I'm twisted.
Not to worry though, I'm not completely sick in the head. The event featured new riders as well. Approximately seven children under the age of 8 rode sheep. This was conclusively hilarious and endearing all at the same time. The kids clung to these sheep for dear life as the sheep ran for dear life. Most of the children ended up hanging off the sides of sheep just trying to make it to the three-second bell. They all won trophies and a new pair cowboy boots from Justin Boots. This was captivating and charming. Our future bull riders at work.
Overall, the husband and I loved every single minute of Bulls Night Out. We cheered the riders, we cheered the bulls, we basically cheered anything that moved or made us laugh. It was a great time. We cannot wait to go back. And, if you have never been, I highly recommend you give it a go.
Ya'll come back now, ya hear?