Union Democrat staff

The first day of the 80th annual Mother Lode Fair will conclude tonight with one of the biggest open bull riding events in the area according to event’s organizer.

Julio Moreno, of Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls based out of Oakdale, says the cash prizes could be around $3,500, the same amount of people that can fit into the grandstands of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

“It’s one of the biggest open bull rides in the area. It’s the first time this fair has had this in a long time,” Moreno said.

Anybody 18 and older that’s ever wanted to ride a bull may do so for the cost of entry, $100.

Moreno said having previous experience is better, because lady luck isn’t good on a bull. He expects 25 to 30 entries mostly from in state but wouldn’t be surprised with riders showing up from out of state.

Moreno has raised world renown bulls for about 30 years. He owned Bushwacker, a three-time world champion bull from 2013-2015.

Charlie “Too-Tall” West will handle clown duties. The 4-foot-6-inch, 125-pound Loomis resident is reportedly the smallest rodeo clown and barrel man in the sport.

There is an $8 gate fee and riding begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, or to register, call Moreno at (530) 218-7865.

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