Weekend activities

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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While PBR’s big bulls will take center stage Saturday night, event organizers have planned several events to create a weekend of family fun.


For the first time, a barbecue cookoff will be held in conjunction with the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge, and Andrew Rottner with WC Challenger Charities said he hopes it becomes one of the biggest in Texas.

The Eighter from Decatur BBQ Challenge at the Reunion Grounds is an IBCA Texas State BBQ Championship event with $6,000 guaranteed payout.

Entry fee is $125, which includes two tickets to the bull riding. All proceeds from the event will go to the Roy Young Memorial Scholarship Fund and Wise Area Relief Mission in Decatur.

Jackpot beans is $10 with 100 percent payout to first through third places.

First through 10th places will be awarded a trophy and payout in each barbecue category, including brisket, chicken and pork spare ribs.

Grand and reserve champions will be named. Winners will receive payout and a custom buckle.

Pre-registration ends May 21, but cookers can register the day of the event, cash only. Check-in begins 7 a.m. Friday, May 30, and judging is Saturday. Judges are still needed to assist with the BBQ Challenge, so if you’d like to help, email Kelli Pyland at

The event is open to the public and will also feature a washer tournament at noon on Saturday with entries accepted 8 to 11 a.m.

A barbecue lunch will also be served.

For information, call Randy Burkhart at 817-371-2680, Alan Pierce at 940-368-2484 or Marc Tuley at 940-393-6023.


Wendell Berry Jr. and 1000 Miles Till Home are putting on the Hero 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Cost is $25 and includes a free T-shirt and prizes. Register at

All proceeds go to the purchase of homes for wounded heroes. The organization, in partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, will give away two homes during Saturday night’s bull riding event.

For information, call 940-393-2698.


American Bucking Bull Inc., the foundation for the bucking bull industry, will hold a futurity showcasing young bulls at 9 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds. Only women stock operators will be featured, which is a new event for ABBI.

A portion of the proceeds from the Futurity will be given to a local breast cancer awareness group.

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