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The fourth annual Ed Miller Xtreme Bull Riding will start a weekend of rodeo action at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union. (Observer file photo)
UNION — Known as the Oldest Show in the Northwest, the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show returns to Union this week.
And there will be plenty of rodeo action as usual.
Starting Thursday, the fourth annual Ed Miller Xtreme Bull Riding kicks off a weekend of rodeo events.
Forty of some of the best Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s best bull riders will compete for money, ‘Xtreme’ tour points and a chance to move up in the world standings.
According to EOLS Rodeo Director Darren Hansen, fans can expect to see another good crop of cowboys this year.
“We should have some good ones,” he said. “A lot of top cowboys will be here.”
Summerville’s Cody Campbell, currently ranked No. 11 in the PRCA world standings, will be in attendance, as will the 22nd-ranked rider, Beau Hill of West Glacier, Mont. Wesley Silcox, another notable name in the PRCA and the Professional Bull Riders, is expected to compete Thursday.
Last year it was Clayton Savage who took the Xtreme title, posting a two-ride total of 166 points. He was the third different winner of the event.
Hansen said he hasn’t gotten a complete list of who will compete during the rodeo portion of the weekend that starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
But he said big names are always in attendance.
“We’ve had Tuff Cooper the last couple years; he’s a world champion. Bobby Mote will be roping this weekend,” Hansen said.
“It’s hard to say exactly without looking at the draw, but we’ll have a pile of
Hansen said that the EOLS is the first Columbia River Circuit rodeo of the season, which is another reason it draws top talent each year. “There are a lot of rodeos other places, like Redding, Calif., but this is one of the first big ones around here,” Hansen said.
With Sisters hosting a rodeo this weekend as well, Hansen said that cowboys and cowgirls have a chance to double up on their chances at winning.
“I’d say 90 percent of the contestants we have will compete at both,” he said.
“It may seem like a long ways to travel, but when you put in the miles these guys do, it’s really not.”
The Big Bend/Flying 5 Rodeo Co. will once again provide the stock this year for EOLS, and Hansen said they will bring elite livestock to challenge the cowboys.
The EOLS is just one stop on the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series, along with future stops at the Elgin
On the final night of competition in Joseph, the cowboy or cowgirl scoring the most combined points at the four stops will be honored with the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Award.
The Xtreme bull riding starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and adult tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the gate. Children tickets (ages 6-18) are $8 and children 5 and younger get in free.
The rodeo begins at 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $16 at the gate and $9 for students. Pre-sale prices are $14 for general admission and $7 for students.