The Tillamook County Fair Board has the ticket to buck the winter blues. Dust off your cowboy hats and press your best Wranglers and come out to the fairgrounds Saturday March 5 for the first Bulls & Barrels at the Beach.
By Joe Warren
The event saddles-up beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Play Day events, all free to the public. The main feature and everybody’s favorite — bull riding begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. You only need to bring a one sawbuck ($10) for admission to the evening events.
You won’t want to miss this first ever production in the 4-H/FFA Pavilion and indoor riding arena in the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.
“We’re excited to host a new event in this arena and we hope it will open the door for other community events here,” Fair Secretary Kristin Killgore said. “It will be nice to show people what a great facility this really is with an event that promises to entertain the entire family.”
At 9:30 a.m. the Play Day events get rounded-up. These fun Western Riding events are for the little and big cowboys and girls and the public is invited to come check out the action.
There will be Barrel Racing, Bi-Rangle, Figure 8, Key Hole and of course Speed Barrel events. Things are expected to wrap-up around 4 p.m. when the arena will be set-up for the featured Bull Riding and Mutton Bustin’ venues. Doors open back up at 5:30 p.m. to get your seat, enjoy the beer gardens hosted by the Fern or eat some vittles brought to you by the Fish Peddler and Tillamook High School (THS) SAFE.
Tillamook County Fair Board member Bob Larson said that the Howell Rodeo Company is providing the bulls, they are the same company who brings Tillamook County Rodeo fans the rough stock for the annual Rodeo in the spring, so they are no strangers to the area.
The Tillamook Headlight Herald and Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks have joined the Fairgrounds as Corporate Sponsors for this family day of fun and all organizers hope to see you there for a night out to embrace our Western heritage.
“I’m excited for this new community event,” Larson said. “I’m also very excited that the Fair Board members have been behind this event from the beginning.”
To add extra entertainment to the night’s events, several vaqueros from Garcia Ranchos will be showcasing their nationally acclaimed Dancing Horses in-between bull riding groups and throughout the evening.
Larson said he hopes this evening will be a real treat for rodeo fans, family, friends and all Tillamook County residents. He also believes with this new facility, much more can be done to bring fun events to the area.
“We’re planning on many more new events to come to the Fairgrounds in the future as your fair board forges ahead,” Larson added. “This is only the beginning of many more family fun things at the Fairground.”