‘Bulls and Barrels’ comes to Pike County

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Sports Editor

Bulls and Barrels will perform at the Pike County Cattlemen’s Complex this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

There will be professional bull riding as well as barrel racing.

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Other events include Mutton Busting and Calf Dressing.

Mutton Busting, or sheep riding, is a "kids only" event according to public relations spokesperson B.B. Palmer.

"It’s strictly volunteer," he said. "We let the kids register and we draw 10 or 12 names and let them ride sheep."

Fraternities at Troy State University will be involved in the calf dressing contest. Palmer said he expects for over 10 fraternities to participate in this event.

"It’s really a steer that they’ll be dressing," he said. "We divide them up into three-man teams and give them a pair of boxer shorts. Then one of them holds the steer while the others try to get the shorts up its hind legs."

Also performing on Saturday night will be the father and son comedy team of Sid and Trent McFarland, featuring the one and only Clown Ben-Hur Chariot Race.

Sid McFarland is a resident of Montgomery where he is a firefighter with the city’s fire department. He has over 28 years of professional rodeo experience. Sid first took up the role of a rodeo clown in 1969, when he asked a veteran clown if he could help out in the former’s acts.

Sid purchased the current act he and his son performs several year’s ago. It is the only one its kind in existence.

Palmer said the biggest draw is the bull riding, but admits most of the women who attend the rodeo come to see the barrel racing.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.