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20180118 NPBR CLAYTON BAETHGE NPBR SAT MC 38The “Hottest 8 Seconds of the year” is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. The National Professional Bull Riders bring some of the nation’s top bull riders to town for a two-day event on Jan. 27 and 28 in the Payne Auto Group Arena at the RGV Livestock Show Complex, Mercedes.

Top cowboys will compete for an average of $14,000 in money and prizes. The NPBR is one of the premier bull riding tours in the country and has been entertaining crowds since established in 2000.

The four-footed beasts that cowboys will be trying to score points on will be top bucking bulls that are the up and coming stars of professional bull riding. Many of the bulls that have performed in the Mercedes NPBR in the past have been featured bucking bulls on television.  

This is your chance to be up close and personal with the bulls and the bull riders.

Returning this year…South Texas Bull Fight Challenge. This will be the first stop on the South Texas Bull Fight Challenge Tour. Five top bull fighters will be competing against each other not only for money but also for a chance to perform in the finals held in September. In a freestyle bull fight, the bull fighter goes one-on-one against a Mexican fighting bull for 70 seconds. The bull fighter is judged on his willingness to expose himself to risk and on his aggressiveness.

Pro Rodeo Clown and Barrelman, Joey “Hashbrown” Hackett from Hutto, Texas will be showing off his comedy routine from inside the clown barrel at each performance. Joey has established himself as one of the hottest barrelman and funny guy personalities in the world of Professional Rodeo.

There will be something for everyone including music, food, vendors, pony rides and a calf scramble for the kids.

Pre-sale tickets are available at Boots & Jeans in Weslaco, Bull Rider in Harlingen and all Boot Jack Western Stores. Adults are $14 pre-sale and $16 at the gate. Seniors (55+) are $12 presale and $14 at the gate. Kids (6-12 years) are $7 pre-sale and $8 at the gate and kids 5 and under are free.

Chris Marshall starts the action on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. performing a variety of music and the bull riding and bull fights start at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Jan. 28 matinee show will start with a performance by “Ruthi” at noon followed by action packed bull riding and bullfights.

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