December 31 promises to be a special experience this year in Barriere when the New Year’s Eve ‘Bucking For The Farm Kids’ professional bull riders event and dance comes to the North Thompson Agriplex. Event organizers, Steven Puhallo and Ed LeBourdais, along with stock contractor Schaan Perry of S&E Bucking Bulls, spent a morning last week with Agriplex rep Jill Hayward measuring out where the bucking chutes, arena, bleachers, beer garden and dance floor will be set up inside the complex.
Puhallo says the event is sanctioned by Elite Professional Bullriders Inc., and approximately 40 top rated bucking bulls will be in attendance.
“We’ll have North America’s best bull riders up against B.C.’s best bull riders,” said Puhallo, “The top eight riders will move into a championship round with a $5,000 added purse.”
The event is hosted by the Farm Kids Scholarship Fund, which is a non-profit organization committed to rural youth pursuing higher education; the Bullarama will be their first fundraising event.
Tickets are on sale at the Star/Journal office in Barriere or by going to: www.farmkidsfund.ca. Tickets are $80 for the Bullarama and Dance, or without the dance $50 (19+), and $15 kids 12 and under.