Community members are invited to the Spooktacular Bull Bash this weekend in Jacksonville.

The Championship Bull Riding event is scheduled for Saturday at the rodeo arena off College Avenue.

Event coordinator Debbie Dyess said a farmers market featuring entertainment, vendors, pony rides, fundraisers, and a barbecue cookoff, among other things, will begin at 10 a.m.

Then at 6 p.m., the bull riding is slated to begin.

Ms. Dyess said the Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1381 of Jacksonville will help open the evening, and local musician Paul Ruark will sing the national anthem. Saturday's activities also include "mutton bustin'," miniature bull riding, championship bull riders, mascot races and greased pig chasing.

This year, freestyle bullfighting also will be introduced to the event, Ms. Dyess said.

Additionally, she said, her granddaughter, Brooklyn Hooker, will close the event by performing a Christian song called "Hope Now."

Overall, "it's really a great thing," she said of the family-friendly event.

Proceeds from Spooktacular Bull Bash, which is sponsored by Jacksonville Auto Glass and Rolling Dyess Bucking Bulls, will go toward agriculture. In the past, money was used to purchase seed for farmers, and a plow was purchased for Lone Star Military Farmers, which used it for gardens to benefit community members, Ms. Dyess said. She said money also has gone to things such as Cherokee County's livestock show and to support FFA and 4-H.

"We're helping needy families. What we call it is a hand up, not a handout," she said.

General admission is $10. Students get in for $5, and children age 5 and younger are free.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page at


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