Halkirk Elks celebrate 26th annual Bullarama

Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Fireworks lit up the sky after the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Bhriar Cooper hangs on to no avail, ending up with no score on the ride. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Bhriar Cooper hangs on to no avail, ending up with no score on the ride. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Lane Jensen, one of three cowboys to actually score, rides for 76-points on the back of Tyrone. during the Halkirk Elks Bullarama on Aug. 27. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Lane Jensen, one of three cowboys to actually score, rides for 76-points on the back of Tyrone. during the Halkirk Elks Bullarama on Aug. 27. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Lane Jensen, one of three cowboys to actually score, rides for 76-points on the back of Tyrone during the Halkirk Elks Bullarama on Aug. 27. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Lane Jensen, one of three cowboys to actually score, rides for 76-points on the back of Tyrone during the Halkirk Elks Bullarama on Aug. 27. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Keegan Bishell hangs on, but is ultimately unable to ride the bull known as Stop & Go. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Keegan Bishell hangs on, but is ultimately unable to ride the bull known as Stop & Go. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Johnny D entertained the crowd in between cowboys! (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Johnny D entertained the crowd in between cowboys! (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
The bull, Hustlin’, is doing whatever he can to get Tanner Henderson off his back. (Castor Advance)The bull, Hustlin’, is doing whatever he can to get Tanner Henderson off his back. (Castor Advance)
Kloe Holte (top) and Tavi Pickles (bottom) perform their signature, the Double Diva, during the intermission at the Halkirk Elks 26th Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/ Castor Advance)Kloe Holte (top) and Tavi Pickles (bottom) perform their signature, the Double Diva, during the intermission at the Halkirk Elks 26th Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/ Castor Advance)
Castor’s Tavi Pickles is one -half the death-defying duo known as the Daring Diva’s trick riding team. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Castor’s Tavi Pickles is one -half the death-defying duo known as the Daring Diva’s trick riding team. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
The bullfighter earns his keep moving in to protect Riley Sibbet from Loonie Bin. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)The bullfighter earns his keep moving in to protect Riley Sibbet from Loonie Bin. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Unfortunately for Castor’s Justin James, he was no match for the bull known as Pumped Up, ending up with a no score. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Unfortunately for Castor’s Justin James, he was no match for the bull known as Pumped Up, ending up with a no score. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Money Moves has all the right moves as he launches Keegan Bishell, resulting in no-score for the cowboy. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Money Moves has all the right moves as he launches Keegan Bishell, resulting in no-score for the cowboy. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Bhriar Cooper is on the back of Sock Monkey hanging on trying to score, to no avail. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Bhriar Cooper is on the back of Sock Monkey hanging on trying to score, to no avail. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Garret Harrigan hangs on for 82.5 points, the high score of the night. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Garret Harrigan hangs on for 82.5 points, the high score of the night. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Bull, Manos Arriba, One, Keaton Martz, zero, during the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Bull, Manos Arriba, One, Keaton Martz, zero, during the Halkirk Elks Bullarama. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Stettler’s the Ladies of the Heartland opened the Halkirk Elks Bullarama on Aug. 27. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Stettler’s the Ladies of the Heartland opened the Halkirk Elks Bullarama on Aug. 27. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Garret Harrigan is presented his high-point saddle by Leonard Shain (left), grand exalted ruler of the Elks of Canada, and Raeanne Smith (right), the exalted ruler of the Halkirk Elks. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Garret Harrigan is presented his high-point saddle by Leonard Shain (left), grand exalted ruler of the Elks of Canada, and Raeanne Smith (right), the exalted ruler of the Halkirk Elks. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Events for children kicked off the Halkirk Elks Bullarama, including Mutton Bustin’. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)Events for children kicked off the Halkirk Elks Bullarama, including Mutton Bustin’. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)

The sun has set on the Halkirk Elks Bullarama for another year.

Taking place for its 26th year, the gates for event opened at 4 p.m. on Aug. 27. On the grounds spectators were treated to afternoon music provided by David Young. Those not wanting to cook were able to grab a burger at the concession or an adult beverage in the beer gardens.

For the kids, there was a money pit, face painting, a boot race hosted by Johnny D, and mutton bustin’.

The main event kicked off at 5 p.m. with the opening ceremonies. As usual, the Cowboy’s prayer was recited, O’Canada was sung, this year by Pam Sherman, and the Ladies of the Heartland drill team performed.

After the opening ceremonies, it was time for the main attraction: the bulls!

While 13 riders were listed as registered on the ride sheet, due to injuries or other reasons some were unable to attend and several riders took more than one turn on what proved to be uncooperative animals.

Out of 12 rides in the first go, only Maple Creek, Sask, cowboy Garret Harrigan managed to stay on for the full eight seconds earning 82.5 points for the ride. Those points would prove to be the high score for the evening.

At the end of the intermission Castor-based duo The Daring Diva’s trick riders performed before the secong go round got started.

Aussie Chris Young got things started with an 81-point ride, in what was hoped to be a better start to the second half of the performance. Unfortunately, the animals didn’t want to cooperate and only one other rider, Lane Jensen, from Manning, Alta. managed to score points. Jensen earned 76 points for his ride, leaving Harrigan as the high point rider for the evening.

The concession and beer gardens remained open after the bull riding, with a dance starting at 9 p.m.

Fireworks by Ross Elsasser and his team at Prairie Thunder capped off the evening around 10 p.m.

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