A very successful Bulls on the Speedway event was held Aug. 7. Fans enjoyed ‘all-day adrenaline action’ including dirt oval, drag races and BRC bull-riding action. Photo courtesy CAR (Central Alberta Raceways)

A very successful Bulls on the Speedway event was held Aug. 7. Fans enjoyed ‘all-day adrenaline action’ including dirt oval, drag races and BRC bull-riding action. Photo courtesy CAR (Central Alberta Raceways)

Bulls on the Speedway was a big community success

The event, held Aug. 7, featured plenty of ’all day adrenaline action’

The recent action-packed Bulls on the Speedway event was a big success in its first run, organizers say.

“The morning started off at 11 a.m. with drag racing – they had a short but good show that went until about 3 p.m. and then the bulls started at 4 p.m.,” said Sherry Taylor, event organizer. “We had really good turn-outs for the drag racing part and the bull part – we basically filled the stands for both.

“We also had a shark tank in the middle of the bull ring that got auctioned off,” she added. “It’s seats inside of the bull ring – dug into the ground in a metal cage.

“They auctioned it off, and eight people got to sit in there while the bull riding was going on,” she explained.

“That’s pretty cool! That event finished around 6:30 p.m. and then our oval track was able to go.

“We did get rain after our first bit of racing, but we had a really great turn-out. Honestly, from my point of view as a promoter of the event, we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. All of the timing was perfect – each show went fabulously.”

All the promoters were ultimately pleased with how the day went, including the folks from Adrenaline Productions.

Taylor also mentioned how grateful organizers were to all the generous local sponsors who helped support the event.

“This was also our first year doing the Bulls on the Speedway – we’ve never done anything like it,” she said. “I thought we might as well try it – people like rodeos and bull-riding and such, and it just went really well,” she said, adding that organizers have one more follow-up meeting and hopefully another edition will be held next year, too.

“Everybody had a really great time,” she said. “We got a lot of positive feedback, like ‘It was a really great show,’ and ‘We would definitely come back next year’. Everyone had fun,” she said.

As mentioned, there was a bit of rain later on, but it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm.”We want to thank everyone who stayed through the rain,” she added with a laugh.

And as much as bull riding and racing are very different, fans kicked back and enjoyed both events to the full.

“The bull rider people love their bulls as much as we love our race cars – they are best friends and they all take really good care of both,” she said. “It was a good fit. We were able to come together as a community to bring about this event.”