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Monday, July 23, 2018

Yee-haw! Rodeo set for Willow Brook this weekend

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by James bunting Special to The Press in Local News

Willow Brook Farms has hosted hundreds of equestrian events since the facility’s creation, but this weekend’s festivities will be a first for the North Catasauqua property.

The rodeo is coming to town.

The Willow Brook Bull Blast & Western Heritage Festival, presented by Rockin’ R Western Productions, will take place June 30 and July 1. Saturday’s event begins noon with the Bull Blast scheduled for 7 p.m. The festival continues 9 a.m. Sunday with the Bull Blast scheduled for 3 p.m.

The event will feature bull riding, barrel racing, blacksmith demonstrations and an 1880s western show. It is a rain-or-shine event; there will be no refunds. Bleacher seating is limited, so visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the hillside.

Phill Hussmann, the rodeo director and one of the professional bullfighters for the show, is excited to bring the rodeo to the area where he grew up. A 1997 Northampton Area High School graduate and former Willow Brook Farms resident, Hussmann enjoys the challenge of bringing classic entertainment to a modern generation.

“This event brings together the cowboy storytelling of the classic ’50s and ’60s television Westerns and the heart-pounding bull riding rodeo action of today,” Hussmann said.

Food, beer and merchandise will be available for purchase through a number of vendors around the grounds.

Kids’ activities include a children’s rodeo in the arena, roping demonstrations and a cowboy meet-and-greet.

Advance tickets, at a cheaper cost, are available at willowbrookhorses.com. Walk-up tickets will also be available at the gate. Children under the age of 3 do not require a ticket.

“The top cowboys and cowgirls on the East Coast will be competing for cash, gold buckles and all the bragging rights that come with winning this event,” Hussmann said. “This event will make you long for days-gone-by and realize how tough today’s cowboys still are.”