LIMA — Standing in front of three bulls at the Allen County Fairgrounds, local organizers provided more details about some of the world's best bull riders coming to Lima this summer to compete for a $10,000 prize.
"This is huge for Lima," said Justin Cornwell, a Professional Bull Riders stock contractor.
The Bud Light PBR Lima Invitational is in the minor leagues of professional bull riding, but that doesn't mean the talent will be watered-down. There are 35 riders on the PBR Built Ford Tough Series. During the season, the bottom five riders in the points standings get knocked down to the lower series and the top five in minor leagues move up, Cornwell said.
Lima’s contract with the series also allows organizers to have two of the top 10 riders from the top series, said Russ Decker, a partner in bringing the event to Lima. Decker said names are not available because competitors have to earn their spot in the rankings.
Tickets go on sale Friday at the fairgrounds box office, online at allencofair.com or by phone at 419-228-7141. Tickets are $25 when ordered in advance or $30 at the gate. There are also VIP tickets for $100, which give people better seats and passes to meet the riders and bulls up close.
The event will be under the Schmidthorst Pavilion on the south side of the fairgrounds June 7-8. A bull ring approximately 150 feet by 120 feet will be set up with bleachers around it to hold 2,000 people.
“All the seats will be under the roof. Rain or shine, we’re in good shape,” said Decker.
Fair Manager David Grimm said this is a big event for the fairgrounds that is taking place two months before the fair.
“The fairgrounds have become special event centers. It’s more than just the fair,” Grimm said.
He said the seats are going to be so close there will not be a bad seat in the house.