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In a press conference Thursday morning at the Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Henry County Fair Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and Cody and Korie Nance, of Nance Productions, announced plans to partner on an event to kick off the 2022 Henry County Fair, August 20th at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
“Shamrock’s Ultimate Bullfighters” will be the title of the event and it will feature freestyle bullfighting and a mutton busting competition. Ultimate Bullfighters or UBF was created over a decade ago to promote the sport of freestyle bullfighting, a derivative of the western sports & rodeo. Shamrock comes from the locally owned business, Shamrock Dirt and Forestry, which will serve as the title sponsor.
“These guys are incredible athletes and I am excited to support this growing element of our western sports industry,” commented Cody Nance. “Paris welcomed us with open arms for the PBR in Paris, and I think they will find this event just as entertaining.”
“It’s a perfect situation for us to grow our relationship with the Nance’s, contribute to the extraordinary effort that the Henry County Fair puts behind their events, and create an opportunity for us to bring people to this community,” commented Travis McLeese, CEO of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
In freestyle bullfighting, a bullfighter competes for 60 seconds against a fighting bull predominantly of Spanish descent to score points for maneuvers performed during the 1-minute competition. Unlike traditional bullfighting, the animals are not harmed or killed. Bullfighters are judged solely on their ability to perform dangerous stunts as close to the bull as possible without getting hit.
With a rapidly gaining fan base due to the high action of the sport itself, the UBF is positioned to become a huge phenomenon in the western sports world and beyond.
“On behalf of all of the members of the HC Fair Board, we are excited to be able to join together and help bring such a unique event to West Tennessee and specifically to the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, TN,” commented Michelle Hopkins, Fair Board Member.
The event will be nationally televised on Pluto TV. More information on tickets, sponsorships, and other details will be available later this summer.