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Hot, feisty fun at 25th Gateway to Sandhills bullride

It’s been a summer staple in Albion for 25 years now. And still one of summer’s favorite – and most exciting – local entertainment events.
The Albion FFA Alumni and Rodeo Rose Productions presented the 25th Annual Gateway to the Sandhills Bullride Classic Saturday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
As the weather cooled through the evening, the crowd size increased, and bullride fans saw more than 30 riders brave a group of ornery Rodeo Rose stock, made more cantankerous by the hot, humid conditions.
That meant plenty of thrills and, mostly, spills for the competing cowboys. Five riders were able to reach the 8 second mark and move to the final round with recorded scores.
Along with the efforts of the Albion FFA Alumni and Boone Central FFA Chapter, the event was again supported by 23 Gold Sponsors ($250), 17 Silver Sponsors ($100) and 17 Bronze Sponsors ($50). Jim and Terry McMillan served as judges, with Delores McMillan and Diane Arnold handling timing duties.
Dusty May of Niobrara and Stuart’s Roth Miller were the all-important bullfighters helping to keep thrown riders safe.
Jim and Delores McMillan again donated the champion’s belt buckle.