Granbury to host ‘Bulls on the Beach’

February 22, 2014

Next Saturday, Granbury will be full of bull – the living, snorting, bucking kind.

On March 1 as part of the Texas Independence Day Celebration, the City Beach will be the site for a bull riding event dubbed “Bulls on the Beach” to benefit the Texas Heroes Foundation, according to organizer Teresa Sims. The foundation was created with the aim of increasing interest in Texas history among children.

“It is professional cowboys that are riding, mostly from Texas and Oklahoma,” Sims said, noting that tickets will be $7 for adults and $4 for kids. Those age 6 and under will be admitted free to the bull riding, which is scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mutton busting, for children 55 pounds and less, will be 1-2:30 p.m. A calf scramble for kids too big for that event will be held during bull riding breaks.

A number of groups will be involved in a chuck wagon cook-off event (10 a.m. start) as well, near the entrance on the west end of the beach.

Other events on and near downtown will include a student history fair and other events for kids, plus a parade (11 a.m.), music, skits, storytellers, re-enactors and historic vendors.

The potential for poop contamination from the bulls has been addressed, according to Sims. Underneath the pens where the bulls will be waiting, a sheet of vinyl was placed and then covered by sand.

“The pen has a liner with sand on top. Where they were, the sand will be removed,” Sims said.

The City Council approved having the bull riding event, although the city code ordinarily bans animals from the city beach. City Manager Wayne McKethan said that a special council meeting has been called for Tuesday at 9 a.m.

“We’re going to address that,” McKethan said. “We just want to make sure all the ordinances are in line.”

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