Churches are always
looking for ways to step outside of the walls. Cross Timbers Cowboy Church in Lufkin
has done it with a very unique event at their rodeo arena.
The monthly "Buck Out" event has become a popular with the church and community members.
The event features riding
for all levels with the more experienced riders competing for a cash prize.
Whoever is the last rider left to ride for 8 seconds will win a $500 prize.
Bull riders say that
entering the arena is not for everyone.
"I guess we are
just a little bit different and we have fun doing it," said rider Clint Andrews.
The bulls are big and not
easy to tame.
"Look at them," Andrews said. "It's not
like you can get in a car or something you can control. They
got a mind of their own. All you can do is live on faith"
Even though they appear
mean, the bulls are serving a purpose at the church.
"it is a very strong
faith based kind of a sport," said organizer Chuck Griffith.
The event meets once a
month giving bull riders an opportunity to compete in a family friendly
The riders are from all
over but say the event makes them feel right at home.
"It's new to me,"
said rider Ty James. "I'm from Louisiana and we don't have too many churches
like this. It's just fun to come out here with all the families out here."
While the more experienced
riders hope to take home a cash prize, the event also offers opportunities for
first time riders to get on a young bull and learn what it takes to make it in
"I don't know
everything about it," James said. "Everybody keeps helping me out as I'm going
along and I like to help anyone that asks me."
They ride with the ultimate
goal of finding faith outside of the church walls.
"We come out here and
have fun and praise the Lord while we're having a good time," Andrews said.
The next event at the church will be June 16
at 6 p.m. There will be a $1,000 jackpot prize since no one won the $500 prize
this month. Riders can get in for free. Admission is $2 for 16 years-old and up.
Children are free. The money from the gate is to help pay for the light bill.
Cross Timbers Cowboy Church is located at 4977 U.S. 69N in Lufkin.
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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