Buckin of the Bulls for St. Jude
The fifth annual Buckin' of the Bulls for St. Jude Children's Hospital was held May 19 at Caraway. Roger Bell, organizer of the event, brought in rodeo fans to watch over 30 professional bull riders compete. An added attraction for this year's event was the appearance of Lecile Harris, Rodeo Clown of the Year for four years.
Bull riders were there from 10 states, Brazil and Mexico, vying for eight seconds on the bucking bulls.
Qualifying riders got a second round for the night.
Children had the opportunity to win a $100 prize in the Lecile Harris look alike contest. Bailey James won the competition.
A calf run was held for children under eight with Henliegh McAnally the winner. Gavin Anderson won in the 9-12 year old division.
A Yeti cooler was auctioned with all of the proceeds going to St. Jude. Hunter Whittenburg was the high bidder giving $825 for the cooler.
Merritt Emery gave a tribute to Lecile Harris sent from the mother of Lane Frost, the 1987 PRCA World Champion bull rider who was killed in 1989. Mrs. Frost said she had planned to be in Caraway for the Buckin' of the Bulls but was unable to attend.
The grand finale of the night was a challenger for the Bounty Bull (Amos Moses) ride for $500. The two top riders declined but one young man took the challenge and took home the prize money.