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Bullthing Eureka Montana 2015

The Bull Thing

The Bull Thing happened in Eureka on Saturday, August 29 starting at 7:00pm at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (directly after the fair that day). Thousands of spectators bought tickets to watch the professional riders struggle and sway to stay on professional bulls. The event was part of the Touring Pro Division of Professional Bull Riders (PBR). Needless to say...those guys were tough.

And if they are really good at what they do, they can make serious money. Luis Blanco, for example, who currently has top standing in the Touring Pro Division has made close to $50,000 riding bulls so far in 2015. Not bad for an individual who stands 5'8" and weighs in at 175 pounds. Compare this to Sweet Pro's Long John (one of the top bulls) who weighs in at 1500 pounds. There are some riders like Silvanos Alves who earned over $1,400,000 in one year for climbing on the backs of bulls. Guess you just have to decide what you are willing to do to make money.

There were thirty riders in Saturday evening's event. Each one got two rides. PBR says this fast growing sport pits the best bull riders against the fiercest bucking bulls in eight second showdowns. The PBR World Finals were nominated for 2014 Best Single Sport Event by Sports Travel Awards alongside the Boston Marathon, the NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XLVIII and the NHL Winter Classic. Quite the event to get to watch right here in Eureka and a general admission ticket only cost $15.

So we hope you enjoyed the fair on Saturday, grabbed some dinner at one of the food booths, and then headed over to the rodeo grounds to watch The Bull Thing. Hopefully you bought your tickets in advance and got the early purchase discount. They were available at Montana Market, Ranch Hand, Frontier Bar, First and Last Chance, Trappers, the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, or here on Visit NW Montana.

Rita Collins

About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.

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VisitNWMontana.com is all about inspiring, promoting and helping to build and sustain NW Montana through stories, blogs, photos and fun – one person, one business and one experience at a time.

Northwestern Montana is a charming area of quaint towns, millions of acres of state and federal land, hiking, camping, waterfalls, rock climbing, fishing and hunting, skiing and snowmobiling. We offer an impressive collection of shops, art galleries, golf courses, bed and breakfasts, spas, and restaurants not to mention annual events such as the Bull Thing, the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Fun Run, and the Eureka Montana Quilt Show. Enjoy the outdoors and the small town spirit that makes you feel right at home. Stay for a short trip, or meet with a realtor to find out about owning your own little piece of Montana real estate.

Where are we and how do you get here? Fly into Glacier National Park Airport (FCA) or Spokane International Airport (GEG). Eureka is 7 miles from the Canadian (Roosville) Border and 67 miles east of Libby or 51 miles north of Whitefish.

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