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Freestyle bullfight brings danger and excitement

Freestyle bullfight brings danger and excitement


In 1979, at the second annual Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo, an event never before seen in rode was born.

Jim Sutton, of Sutton Rodeo fame, organized and invitation free style bullfight  where each bullfighter had a set time period to dance, fight and spin his way around a Mexican fighting bull trying to impress the judges and earn the most points to win the contest. Crowds loved the danger factor and the thrill kept them glued to their seats. And while no one wanted to see a bull fighter hurt, they didn’t mind if they got banged around a little bit.

The event was brought back to the Stock Show three years ago and it continues to be a crowd favorite.

The 41st Annual Rodeo Rapid City will be featuring Free Style Bull Fighting just as it was in 1979.

At the PRCA Rodeos on Feb. 1, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. for the Semi Finals, bull fighters will compete for 40 to 70 seconds each, trying to convince a judge their fight is best.

The top scored bull fighters from each performance will advance to a finals on Feb. 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Only one will be crowned the 2018 Rodeo Rapid City Free Style Bull Fight Champion

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