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Dickinson State Outdoor Arena hosts CBR event

For Labor Day weekend, many residents look to get out of town due to the lack of events in Dickinson.

This year, the Dickinson State University Alumni & Foundation have organized the Dielco Crane CBR Double Down, a two-day event to give the people of Dickinson and the surrounding area something fun to do.

The event started Friday night at the Biesiot Activities Center with a concert by Sammy Kersahw, which is the first concert held at the BAC. North Dakotans can experience its first ever Championship Bull Riding event starting around 7 p.m. today at the DSU Outdoor Arena.

"We had the opportunity to bring something new and exciting to western North Dakota that would help us to stand out against events that happen across the state," said Marya Skaare, associate director of alumni relations.

Legendary bull rider Tuff Hedeman, and current president of the CBR, will be at Runnings for a meet and greet from 10 a.m. until noon and will make an appearance at the event later that evening.

"What we do at CBR is try and produce an event that's entertaining and fun to watch for the fans," Hedeman said. "It gives our riders a great opportunity to be competitive and win some money.

"You get a variety of contestants all the way from world champion guys to younger guys trying to get established on tour."

All proceeds from the event go to the DSU Foundation to help further its mission of being the primary funding source for student scholarships and support for the university. The Foundation also has also begun to set up the CBR Blue Hawk Bounty Bull, a scholarship it's currently working on.

"At this point, the message is its going to go to student scholarships to benefit scholarships like those for the DSU rodeo team," Skaare said. "But we house scholarships for all the different departments and different activities here through the Foundation."

In the event, the rider who is undefeated and wins the belt buckle will ride the bull which is undefeated that evening. If the rider can stay on, he will receive half of the purse while the remainder of the purse will go towards the CBR Blue Hawk Bounty Bull scholarship.

With the event raising money for student scholarships, several student athletes from various sports have volunteered to help work the event. Skaare said that there will be over 40 football players, a dozen wresters and 24 rodeo athletes there to help.

"When we see student support come out like that we want to make sure that at the end of the day we are doing what we can to foster growth for scholarship funds for all of these great student athletes but primarily the rodeo team will be the beneficiary," Skaare said.

Thursday night was the Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash in Huron, S.D., which has delayed the official roster for today's event at the BAC. Skaare said the riders had until yesterday to drop the event, in case of injuries for the Huron event.

"It feels like a bit of a surprise right now," Skaare said. "I've been told I have 12-12-11 for my three rounds registered. Fingers crossed, it'll be the element of surprise for us."

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.