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Ole Brook Pro Rodeo ‘steers’ families to arena

Two steers appearing at the Ole Brook Pro Rodeo this weekend can be ridden like a horse, while a champion bull might not be ridden at all.

Brian Patton, known on the rodeo circuit as The Misfit Cowboy, will bring his trained animals to Brookhaven for the third annual Ole Brook Rodeo Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Civic Center multi-purpose arena.

Patton and the steers — a Texas longhorn named Roscoe Brown and a Brahman named Django — have to be seen to be believed, said Shelby Bearden with the Tri-State Rodeo Association.

“They do all kinds of tricks. He can ride them like a horse,” Bearden said.

Patton does plenty of tricks with the trained steers, including fire jumps. Expect to see fireworks when they ride, too, he said.

Bearden is also bringing the 2018 Tri-State Rodeo Bucking Bull of the Year to the Lincoln County arena. Plenty of cowboys will try their hand at hanging on for at least 8 seconds, he said.

Bearden expects to have contestants in bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping.

The family-friendly event also features contests for children including a mutton bustin’ contest and a calf scramble. Prizes will be awarded for both contests nightly.

The mutton bustin’ is held each night at 6 p.m. Entry is $10 and the contest is open to children 9 and under. Riders must register by 5:30 p.m. at the concession stand, Lincoln Civic Center director Quinn Jordan said.

Kids ride a sheep and hold on for a certain amount of time. They’re judged and the contestant with the best ride and the judges’ highest score wins, he said.

For the calf scramble, organizers will call for the contestants — children 12 and younger — to come out into the arena and chase a calf. Whoever manages to snag the ribbon from the calf’s tail is declared the winner.

Jennifer Calhoun will operate the concession stand each night and plans to serve pulled pork, ribeye steak sandwiches and burgers. Jordan said 100 percent of the proceeds from the concession sales will go to Calhoun’s Honduras Christmas mission trip to take gifts to children there.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. each night with gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the gate and $12 in advance for 11 and up, $12 at the gate and $10 in advance for 10-6 and free for children 5 and under.

Advance tickets are available at The Daily Leader and Co-Lin Feed & Seed.

“It’s good family entertainment,” Bearden said. “Lot of fast-paced action with the bucking bulls and the horses.”