Harrisburg - Jason Power has been riding some of the toughest bulls in the nation for the past 12 years, and nothing will slow him down as he aims for another go-around during the First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Power knew as a child that he wanted to ride bulls, and the interest kept growing until one day he decided to jump on and go for the ride of his life.
After his first ride, the Franklinville, N.J., cowboy started riding bulls at local practice pens to gain enough experience to make it into the professional circuit.
"For me, it was an easier sport to get into than something traditional like football," said Power.
Power has been the Circuit Champion two times, holding the title in 2004 and also currently. He is also the four-time Cowtown Series Champ. The reward of a title after years of hard work is something Power says is his favorite part of rodeo.
A construction laborer by day, Power spends his own money to travel throughout the Northeast states on the weekends to different rodeo events, including the Pennsylvania Farm Show, where he has ridden bulls since 2002. Power will ride at the show again for the next three nights to take his shot at a third circuit title. Each night he will have one opportunity to ride and score more points toward another title.
Farm Show visitors can see Power and other professional bull riders from Jan 13-15 in the Large Arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The event starts at 7 p.m., except Saturday, which begins at 5 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling 607-242-6020 or by visiting www.firstfrontiercircuit.com.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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