LIMA — Bull riding is a spectacle you must see first-hand to really understand.
Last night was Lima’s first one-of-a-kind experience.
The Bud Light PBR Lima Invitational, the first PBR event to grace Lima, took off Friday at Schmidthorst Pavilion at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The last leg of the event takes place at 7:30 p.m. today.
Overall, 40 of the country’s best bull riders from all over the country have made their way to Lima to show off their talents in front of crowds expected to surpass 2,500 people for the weekend. Of the riders, many traveled to the weekend show from states such as Arkansas, Texas, Montana, Kansas and Georgia.
Toby Stover, whose hometown is Livingston, Ala., is excited for the opportunity to ride for all the fans who are willing to support the event.
“Bull riding has always been in my blood, and performing is what we love to do,” Stover said. “We couldn’t do this without the fans and hope to give them what they came here to see.”
The fans in attendance Friday night were more than pleased with all the action that took place. Bull riding is a unique sport which doesn’t necessarily rely on length of performance. It is more dependent on being entertaining for short periods of time throughout the night. It is considered the fastest eight seconds of all time, because that is typically all the time it takes for the bull to knock the rider off its back.
Gary Guagenti, one of the sponsors from C & G Distributing, enjoys these types of events and thinks more should take place in Lima.
“I have always enjoyed going to rodeo and bull riding events and wish Lima knew what it was missing by not being here tonight,” Guagenti said. “This is great family fun entertainment for everyone to enjoy and am excited for the riders tonight.”
The atmosphere surrounding the event replicated visiting your local fairgrounds for all the fun and excitement you can handle. There was music playing, multiple tents for beer and other beverages and plenty of food stands to satisfy various taste buds. It was a fun night which invited a wide range of people of all ages to the event.
Glen Steed, who traveled from Cridersville with his wife Edna, said he has always enjoyed bull riding and was happy he could finally watch an event in Lima.
“This is the first bull riding event where I didn’t have to travel to Columbus or out of state to watch,” Steed said. “I have always enjoyed the thrill and danger of the ride and am looking forward to tonight.”
It was a great night for entertainment and those in attendance were treated to more than a great show. Bull riding is a universal source of showing that even children love watching. Nicholas Guagenti, who is 10 years old, was there for one simple reason.
“I love watching all the bulls running around,” Guagenti said. “I like it when people get thrown off the bull.”