The 10th annual Bud Light Bull Riding and BBQ Festival is tomorrow at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, and it appears to have something for everyone, from bull riding to live entertainment and great food.
The event will once again benefit one of my favorite foundations, the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, which is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources. The Sanctuary has a twofold mission of wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.
The music series portion of the festival includes four different acts. Uproot Hootenanny starts the music, playing from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and is followed at 3 p.m. by Brooke Eden. At 8 p.m. The Derrick Scott Band takes the stage, and throughout the day, the sounds of the Sweeney Family Band will fill the fairgrounds.
“They are a huge draw,” said Constance Nance, event coordinator.
For the fourth year in a row, the popular Cowboy’s Pig Out Professional BBQ Competition will be part of the festival. More than 50 professional teams will compete for more than $10,000 in cash prizes, plus trophies and bragging rights for the year. Guests at the event will be able to sample some of the award-winning chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork.
The Main Event
The day will conclude with the much anticipated professional bull riding competition. Fans will have the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in bull riding compete at the Adams Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.
According to the organizers, the PBR Touring Pro Division will bring some of the best bulls and top riders in the country. Look for four-time PBR Stock Contractor of the year, Jeff Robinson, who will be on-site to ensure that the best bulls are in the event, making the competition one of the toughest of the year.
Tickets for the bull riding competition range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased online at www.stluciecountyfair.org/pbr.
More information about the event can also be found on www.blbbf.com, or by calling the fairgrounds 772-464-2910.
Gates to the fairground, 15601 W. Midway Road in Fort Pierce, will open at 10 a.m.