Red Wilk Unveils Inaugural Trophy Belt for Annual Bull Bash at South Dakota State Fair

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Tickets on Sale for the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

HURON, South Dakota - Partnering with Red Wilk Construction the Tuff Hedeman led marquee Bull Riding tour is preparing to invade the South Dakota State Fair for two nights and five rounds of family-friendly, action-packed adrenaline rush entertainment wrapped around a traditional western show on August 29-30 at 8 pm. Red Wilk Construction is proud to introduce to the Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash a one of a kind inaugural custom crafted trophy belt.

The annual professional, fast-paced, high-speed competition bull riding features over 30 riders and three bullfighters all matched to animals of superior strength and spirit rivaling that of the cowboys. Hedeman, known for lining up elite riders to face off with world-class bucking bulls brings the new "invitation only" format to the fair's Grandstands for the first time.

 THBRT Fort Worth Champion and PBR World Champion Mike Lee 

THBRT Fort Worth Champion and PBR World Champion Mike Lee 

The pre-Labor Day weekend celebration includes the much anticipated American Hero Award Ceremony held each night during the intermission honoring 24 deserving United States veterans of war.

Wilk, a Vietnam Veteran himself, has honored 100 plus South Dakota Veterans since beginning this much-anticipated ceremony in 2013. 

“The sacrifice these men make for our country is how we are able to do what we do today, right here in this very arena, and it is our honor to stand down and be part of this great rite of passage and remember why we can celebrate the freedoms we enjoy,” said Hedeman.

 Tuff Hedeman Welcomes 4-time NFR Qualifier Trey Benton III 

Tuff Hedeman Welcomes 4-time NFR Qualifier Trey Benton III 

In the arena the only way to get on the roster at Huron’s elite event is by invitation from four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman who produces his invitation-only event format which yields the best roster of elite bull riders facing off with world-class bucking bulls in five rounds of intense, high energy battle.  

Produced by Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour this year, The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash has been thrilling audiences in Huron for 15 years including wins by bull riding greats 4 time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey (2015), IFYR World Champ Koby Radley, (2017), Corey Maier (2014) of Timberlake, NFR qualifiers Aaron Pass (2013) and Ardie Maier (2012) to name a few. Many riders have gotten their breakout start at this event including the current number three ranked PRCA bull rider in the world, Boudreaux Campbell who placed third here in 2016.

 4-time PRCA World Champion and Bossier THBRT Champion, Sage Steele Kimzey

4-time PRCA World Champion and Bossier THBRT Champion, Sage Steele Kimzey

Thus far in 2018, fans have watched the cowboy athletes battle in 7 different cities with the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour payouts exceeding $200,000 thus far. The tour rolls into Huron for stop number 8 on the season led by THBRT Fort Worth Champion and PBR World Champion Mike Lee - the complete roster of contestants to be released at a later date.

With its thrilling 8-second attempts and two hours of impressive athletics, the newly created THBRT is trending, setting local attendance records and drawing packed grandstands nationwide and soon to be available for millions of viewer audiences on cable television.

The bull riding action begins with performance 1 at 8:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, August 29, and Performance 2 on Thursday, August 30. 40 bull riders will get on one bull each in Wednesday night’s Breakout Series event followed by the highest scored rider in the round getting on the Tuff Hedeman selected Bounty Bull for an extra $5,000. Performance 2 on Thursday is the three-round tournament style event, the riders’ individual score advances them thru three rounds hopefully earning a coveted slot in the final four-man "Shoot Out Round" where the bulk of the prize money, championship title, and custom prizes are earned.

Tuff Hedeman and the bull rider’s appearance schedule and roster to be announced at a later date.  Immediately following the bull riding, fans will get a chance to meet and get autographs from Tuff Hedeman and the bull riders.

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Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now and start at $12 for youth and $20 for adults. Tickets are sold in either grandstand reserved seating area or in the standing room area located in the party pit.  They can be purchased at the SD State Fair Office, or by calling (605) 353-7340, or online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/12046/south-dakota-state-fair.

About Tuff Hedeman

Hedeman formed the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour after serving for a combined 23 years as the former head of the two nationally organized professional bull riding organizations (PBR and CBR) since his retirement as a rider from the sport in 1999. Referred to as the “pioneer of the sport of bull riding” after producing the first stand-alone bull riding event in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993, Hedeman is a four-time World Champion Bull Rider, inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the most recognizable cowboy in the world. He resides on his ranch near Morgan Mill, Texas and has three sons, Lane, Trevor, and Ryker.