Bull-a-rama Mutton back on the menu

Mutton Busting returns to Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-Rama.

No one needs to be sheepish about the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-Rama, especially since mutton busting is making it’s heralded return to the rodeo ring next week.

“We’re hoping that anyone interested gets a hold of us quick, because it’s going to fill up fast,” said Robert Baker, Trail Parks and Rec deputy director.

After going MIA last year, organizers have wrangled up 15 sheep for the spectacle, which has been a crowd-favourite over the years. But that means there are only 15 spots available for children ages 3 to 5, that weigh less than 55 pounds, to cling to the back of these thickly coated woolly steeds for as long as they can, just like real bull-riders.

“Everybody knows that this is a family event and in order to get back to a family themed event we know that we need mutton bustin’,” added Baker.

This year’s sheep shaking is sponsored by Kiwanis and will take place during the intermission of the bull riding.

The kids will have an opportunity to show their stuff in front of the crowd, and serve notice of the next generation of bull riders.

Former Trail resident Guy Thompson is organizing another great lineup, with junior boys steer riding on tap, along with the bull riding. Competitors include the return of bull rider Chad Besplug of Claresholm, Alta., who will try to defend his four-year reign as Bull-a-Rama champion.

Tickets for the April 28 event are on sale and can be purchased at the Trail Parks and Rec office or the Aquatic Centre. To enter the mutton busting, parents can call Parks and Rec at 364-6484.

The mutton busting is free with each purchase of a Bull-a-rama ticket. Advance tickets are $10 for 14-years and under, and $22 adults. Tickets will also be available at the door for $12 and $25.