Wicked Rank Midwest Swing Breakout Series Returns to Whiteside County Fair


The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Series

Photos by Doug Wade

Morrison, Illinois -  (August  12, 2019)  – Professional bull riding athletes from 10 States and one from Mexico will face a field of competitors at the Whiteside Fair Arena on Tuesday night. Up for grabs, the lion’s share of the $5,000 added prize money and a custom trophy buckle. The Whiteside Country Fair Bull Bash gets underway at 7:00 pm and the family-friendly show is expected to last two hours. 

Tuff Hedeman, the pioneer of the sport of bull riding and 4-time World Champion bull rider has lined up a competitive roster for the fourth stop of his Midwest Swing which includes the champions from the first three stops of the Wicked Rank Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing Series which began in Woodstock on August 1 and concludes on September 21 in Waterloo with $10,000 bonus added money and a custom engraved saddle to the Series winner. 

Photo by Doug Wade

Photo by Doug Wade

Grandstand tickets are included in the gate admission price to the fair. The annual event producer a Matt of  Next Level Bull Riding and sanctioned by Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Series. 

"For 14 years we have been bringing this family-friendly bull riding tradition to the fair-goers, and we enjoy supporting the community in this way and bringing a great line up of riders ready to put on a good show and win some money, "  said Matt Noble.  

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour is a two-round format featuring traditional western entertainment from the barrel, and the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk.

Bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk.   Photo by Doug Wade

Bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk. Photo by Doug Wade

 There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the field. The evening concludes with a bounty bull and $1,000 bonus check waiting if the cowboy can ride the required 8 Seconds. 

If you like a little insider information, according to produce Matt Noble, the breakout cowboy athlete  to watch in Morrison is Javier Garcia. 

 “I have been impressed with Javier, he’s made a couple of great bull rides, shows good form, and hustles up on his rope consistently and will it make it fun to watch for the fans,” said Noble.  

Mexico’s Albert Lebaron leads the most bulls covered (4) showing consistency on the Midwest Swing. Last year’s tour champion, Matt Palmer, is always a threat and he proved that riding for 91.5 points to win the Belvidere stop on the MWS Series on Thursday night.   

The Whiteside County Fair is produced by said The Whiteside County Central Agricultural Society formed on May 28, 1872, in Morrison, Illinois. Its purpose is to promote all industrial pursuits of the county, especially the agricultural, horticultural, floricultural, and mechanical interests, the fine arts, and domestic manufacturers. 2020 will be the 150th celebration of this historic event. 

 In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Wicked Rank Tour Midwest Swing Finals to on September 21. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider  who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and buckle. 

TICKET INFORMATION - Free Grandstands with fair gate admission

EVENT LOCATION: Whiteside County Fair, 201 West Winfield Street, Morrison, IL 61270

CONTACT: Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

Tuff Hedeman interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquiries [G5] matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.