Tuff Hedeman and the Boys are back for the Boone County Fair Bull Bash

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 BELVIDERE, Illinois - (August 5, 2019) – The most recognizable cowboy in the world, 4-time World Champion bull rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, announced today he is headed to Belvidere. Friday night lights at the Boone County Fair grandstands will feature the second stop of the Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series Midwest Swing sponsored by WickedRank.com. The two-hour adrenaline rush action begins at 7 pm on August 9 at the Boone County Fairgrounds arena.

“I am excited to becoming up to Belvidere this year for the Bull Bash and look forward to meeting some of the great bull riding fans and the people of this area that love bull riding, come out and see us, I’ll be in the arena after the show,” said Tuff Hedeman.

Jake Weber is all smiles after his winning ride on the first leg of the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing in Woodstock, Illinois on Aug 2. Tuff Hedeman and the bull riding boys head to Belvidere Friday night for the second stop of the five city tour. The Midwest Swing Series is sponsored by WickedRank.com  Photo by Tricia Carzoli

Jake Weber is all smiles after his winning ride on the first leg of the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing in Woodstock, Illinois on Aug 2. Tuff Hedeman and the bull riding boys head to Belvidere Friday night for the second stop of the five city tour. The Midwest Swing Series is sponsored by WickedRank.com

Photo by Tricia Carzoli

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 in a two round format with a bounty bull and $1,000 the prize for staying on the required 8 Seconds. 

“The Wicked Rank tour is now a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series event and for 14 years we have been bringing this family friendly bull riding tradition to the fairgoers and we enjoy supporting the community in this way and bringing a great line up of riders, said event producer Matt Noble of Next Level Bull Riding. 

     This year’s Bull Bash will be the second stop of the Tuff Hedeman Wicked Rank Midwest Swing tour is a five city tour including stops in Woodstock, Belvidere, and Morrison where bull riders accumulate points to compete at the finale on September 21 in Waterloo with $10,000 added prize money to the cowboy athletes. 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.

This year’s event festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open.  The Mutton Bustin’ begins at 6:30 followed by the pro bull riding action at 7:00. The bull riding is expected to conclude at 9 pm and immediately following the event, Tuff Hedeman and the riders will be in the arena signing autographs.

Tuff Hedeman heads to the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing. Hedeman will make appearances in Belvidere and Big Rock, IL.

Tuff Hedeman heads to the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing. Hedeman will make appearances in Belvidere and Big Rock, IL.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a two round format featuring traditional western entertainment from the barrel, and the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk. Bull riders will face a talented field of selected competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money, and custom engraved trophy buckle.

 TICKET INFORMATION -  Grandstand seats are $10. Tickets available at the ticket office at Gate 1.

EVENT LOCATION: Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, Illinois

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 inquires matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

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