The World’s Toughest Rodeo made its annual stop to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN this past weekend. Keeping the tour fresh and new is what World’s Toughest Rodeo creator, Tommy Jo Lucia, does best. Along with the amazing and record setting crowds that packed into the arena Friday and Saturday nights he brought some of the best entertainment in the country to all the rodeo fans right here in Minnesota!
The tour brings two nights of action to the Xcel Energy Center and puts 12 of the top athletes in the country against each other in 4 different events. Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding each have contestants vying to make it back to the Championship Round that puts the two top cowboys of the night against each other head to head for the Championship Title and their share of the amazing prize money that is put up.
Once again the tour brought back the big man to entertain the sold out crowd all night and Justin Rumford did an amazing job once again for the World’s Toughest Rodeo stop in 2015. Even though Rumford has been here four years in a row he still energizes the crowd each and every time he steps into the arena. Something was different this time though as he was voted to work the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this last December in Las Vegas! See what he had to say about that opportunity and the enjoyment that he has coming to St. Paul each and every year!
Not only was there a national finals rodeo clown and top ranked contestants but there was an amazing specialty act that was brought in for the 2015 edition of the WTR! The talk in the crowd was that it was not going to be the same since Whiplash the cowboy monkey was the act last year. No one could imagine how an act could compare to that but the one that they brought to St. Paul this year did just that!
The One Arm Bandit, John Payne, brought his buffalo and his extreme show to the Xcel Energy Center and did nothing but wow the crowd during this two night event. This act has traveled across the country performing for millions of people who love the sport of professional rodeo like we all do. Giving his life to us has gained him many awards throughout the years and he is the reigning 13-time PRCA act of the year. It was a special time for the fans in St. Paul and I was able to catch up with him prior to the start of the second night of action to see what he had to say about being in St. Paul. Find out how he got started by listening to his interview below!
Along with all of the great entertainment there was some fantastic rodeo action inside the arena as well. Make sure to go like the Rodeo Round Up facebook page here to take a look at all of the pictures from the two nights of roughstock rodeo events and the ladies of the professional barrel racing events as well. It was a pleasure to be able to cover this event for the fifth year in a row and I look forward to bringing this event to all of you for many more years as well.
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Check out all the interviews from the World’s Toughest Rodeo stop in St. Paul, MN on the Rodeo Round Up’s facebook page!