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Southeastern Championship Bull Riding returns to Gainesville April 23 and 24
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Jay Miller rides a bull Friday during the Southeastern Bull Riding Championship at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville. The event will continue today. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Southeastern Championship Bull Riding will be back in Gainesville for two nights this month. 

The event will be held at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville with doors opening at 6 p.m. on April 23 and 24 and the event starting at 8 p.m. 

Promoter and rodeo clown Bryan Hope said the event will happen rain or shine thanks to the center’s covered arena. 

Cost of tickets for adults will be $12 and children ages 2-12 will be $10 in advance. Children under 2 years old get free admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Outdoor Depot in Gainesville, Piedmont Tractor in Gainesville, and Northeast Georgia Rentals Inc. in Oakwood. Tickets at the gate will cost $15. 

Southeastern Championship Bull Riding

When: April 23 and 24 at 6 p.m.

Where: Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

Cost: $12 adults, $10 children ages 2-12 and free for children younger than 2 in advance; $15 at gate

More info: 770-531-6855

The show will last two hours with 30 bulls ridden each night. 

For the first time ever, the event will also feature the Ultimate BullFighting Challenge. Performers will be in the ring with a bull as they “play tag” with each other. Points will be based on how close they can get to the bull while performing flips and tricks. 

“There’s going to be so much fun you’ll want to be right in there,” said Hope. “The kids love it!”

Hope said the event is perfect for anyone, not just cowboy enthusiasts. Apart from the main bull riding show, there will also be inflatable bouncy houses for the kids, souvenirs, and lots of food to choose from. 

Masks and social distancing are recommended and signs will be posted to remind people to follow COVID guidelines.