The spotlight will be on the animals and the athletes Saturday night as the lights of Tough Enough Rodeo arena light up the bull riders and barrel racers taking part in the Out of the Hat Cattle Co. Challenge.
“It’s family entertainment, people like to see the different animals and the livestock and the rodeo,” Kyle Evans said, who is an owner of Out of the Hat Cattle Co. and the announcer of Saturday night’s event.
The final Out of the Hat Cattle Co. Challenge of the season will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tough Enough Rodeo arena in Granite Falls. Tickets are $8 and children 6 and under get in free.
The event will include athletes who are part of the National Junior Bullriders Association, some as young as three or four, who are always a fan favorite, according to Evans.
“The little kids are always cute,” Evans said.
In addition to the rowdy eight-second-rides, the night will also feature a barrel racing event.
“The girls that compete in the barrel racing are really fun, they have really fast horses,” Evans said.
The Tough Enough Rodeo Arena is easily accessible to cars and trucks and for spectators that arrive when the gates open at 5 p.m., and many spectators will back their pick-up trucks up to the arena fence, drop their tailgates and watch the night’s events from the bed of their vehicles.
Fans who don’t have a pick-up bed to watch from can bring lawn chairs and set up by the arena or find a seat in the stands to watch as the horses and bulls stir up the dust.
“I enjoy the whole show,” Evans said. “It’s always entertaining and we have a really good time.”