Professional bull riding is coming to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. when the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association sponsors the First Annual Fredericksburg PBR.
The evening also includes live music and a dance after the show featuring Zach Edwards of San Angelo. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the opening ceremonies start at 7:30 p.m. Concession booths will also open at 5:30 p.m.
The bull riding will take place on the track in front of the grandstand, and the chutes will be set up so that the bulls will ride out toward the grandstand.
The VIP section seating will be set up on the track.
Approximately 35 to 40 riders are expected to compete in the event, which is part of the PBR’s Touring Pro Division. Riders are competing for points to earn spots in the PBR’s Ford Tough Series.
Among the riders scheduled to appear are Matthew Gumbert and Elliott Jacoby of Fredericksburg, Chance Glocar of Harper and Clayton Baethge of Johnson City.
Other Texas riders include Reid Barker of Comfort, Zack Brown of Santa Fe, Michael Earl of Pflugerville, Willie Ivy of Bandera, Ronny Kitchens of Kemp, Jason Malone of Pleasanton, Kolt Miller of Pipe Creek, Aaron Pass of Kaufman, Derek Powell of Kerrville, Pistol Robinson of Burleson, James White of Houston and Sterling Yancy of Gainesville.
Also scheduled to appear are Brian Curtis of Belle Fourche, SD; Robson Aragao of Aracaju Sergipe, Brazil; Luis Blanco of Iacanga, SP Brazil; Pete Farley of Kempsey NSW Australia; Francisco Morales of Jrapuato, Gua Mexico, and Jim Roswell of Queensland, Australia.
All of the participants will ride in the first round. From there, the top 10 riders will return for a second round to determine the champion.
During the intermission between the two rounds, youngsters will be competing in mutton busting.
Advance general admission tickets are $18 through 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. After that, admission is $20.
General admission pre-sale tickets are available at Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store in Fredericksburg and at Bode Feed in Harper.
In addition, box seating is $30 and premium seating is $50. Box and premium seating tickets are only available at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds or by calling 997-2359.
Tickets for children seven to 12 years of age are $10 while children six and under will be admitted free.
As a way of honoring service men and women, discount general admission tickets are being offered to all military, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel who present a valid ID.
These individuals can purchase their tickets at half the cost of regular admission at the gate on Sept. 11.
Information and advance ticket sales is available by calling the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association at 830-997-2359 or visiting www.gillespiefair.com.
While the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association is sponsoring the Fredericksburg PBR, local businesses and organizations have signed on as event sponsors.
Sponsors to date include L&L Drilling, Gillespie Livestock Company, Inc., Security State Bank and Trust, Fredericksburg Inn and Suites, McCoy’s Building Supply, Five Star Wireless, Cowboy Cleaners in Llano, Edward R. Stroeher, Blanco National Bank, Fritztown Diesel and Truck Service, Texas Cedar Clearing, Inc., Jack Ledford/ledfordranchsales.com, Sonic Drive-In, Edward Jones Investments, Crenwelge Motor Sales/Dodge Trucks and American Tire Distributors.
Also, Beyer Bulldozing, Kowert Real Estate, Gatti’s Pizza, Laughlin Homes and Restoration, Simply Hair and Nails, Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. and Stroeher and Son, Inc., Global Cooling, Burrow Custom Homes, Ersch Farms, LLC, Lawrence Trailer Sales, DR Welding, Probuild Lumber, CMC Truck and RV, Highland Tool and Class A Rentals.