Thousands of people will converge in Binford on Saturday for the annual Professional Bull Riders rodeo.
The Binford Bullarama will bring past world champion bull riders from across the United States to Binford. Professional bull riders who are members of the international PBR compete from coast to coast and everywhere in between to garner enough points to ride in the national finals in Las Vegas in November.
This is the 16th year the PBR rodeo has been held in Binford, said Tod LaPlant, a Bindford PBR volunteer. Rodeos have been held in Binford since the 1960s, but when interest started waning, rodeo organizers decided to host a PBR event, instead.
Fans from across the Midwest and Canada drive to Binford to watch the PBR, LaPlant said. Many local people also attend the rodeo.
Bull riding is a big draw because it’s dangerous and the bulls are mean, he said.
Binford, which has a population of about 150, is the smallest town in the United States to host a PBR-sponsored rodeo, said Clint Adkins, PBR announcer, noting that he announces PBR rodeos in venues including Madison Square Garden in New York and Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Adkins first came to announce at the Binford PBR in 2008 and since has returned every year.
“I fell in love with the area, I fell in love with the people and saw what they were trying to do and wanted to help them grow that even more,” Adkins said.
He spread the word about the rodeo to the professional bull riders he knows, encouraging them to compete in the Binford PBR .
Well-known Professional Bull Riders scheduled to compete in Binford include Cody Teel and Jess Lockwood, former PBR world champions, and Stetson Lawrence, one of the top 24 riders in the world. The bull riders will compete to gain points which are needed to participate in the world finals, Adkins said.
Though Binford is small and off the beaten track, most of the 30 top professional bull riders come to the event, Adkins said. The Binford PBR is outdoors and there are no television cameras, so there are fewer distractions.
“It’s just bull riding,” he said.
Meanwhile, the bulls on which the riders at the Binford PBR compete are top-rate. Chad Berger Bucking Bulls, an eight-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year winner, will bring about 50 bucking bulls to the PBR.
“On Saturday, I bet they’ll get 3,000 people there to watch,” Adkins said.
Fans can expect a lot of action during the three-hour rodeo, he said.
“In bull riding, there is no one who can stop the action once the guy nods his head and calls for the gate," he said.
The Binford PBR will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. A children’s Mutton Bustin’ event will be held during the PBR. Children must be 3 years old or older and cannot weigh more than 65 pounds to compete in the event.
The PBR event is family friendly and rodeo fans of all ages should enjoy it, Adkins said.
“It’s a great day in a little town in North Dakota," he said.