HOT Fair & Rodeo extends run by a day, adds a bullfight

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) For the first time in its history the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo is open on a second Sunday this year, giving fairgoers the opportunity to enjoy all the fun on a bonus weekend day during a year that’s already proving to be extremely successful.

The fighters will be judged on everything from control and aggression to the bulls they draw and will be scored on skills such as speed, difficulty and agility. (HOT Fair & Rodeo photo)

“Our theme was ‘building bigger dreams’ and we are doing just that,” said Charva Ingram, vice president of marketing & sponsorship development.

“We've have record numbers in our livestock shows, the attendance is up, the kids participating, the number of animals, the contests that we've got going on,” she said

“We also have some excellent shows out on the ground.”

Since 1953 the fair and rodeo has wrapped up after the rodeo finals on the second Saturday of the more than weeklong event, but this year organizers decided to extend the fair one more day and bring in a new event to wrap things up.

The rodeo finals will still happen Saturday night, but on Sunday the first ever “One HOT Bullfight” will take place, bringing in the best American freestyle bullfighters to compete against some of the rankest and quickest bulls for as long as 60 seconds.

The fighters will be judged on everything from control to aggression and the bulls they draw and will be scored on skills such as speed, difficulty and agility.

“We’ll have nine bullfighters that will take their turn in the ring with a Mexican fighting bull, pull out their best tricks and try to get the most points possible so that they can be the one to leave with $10,000 on Sunday night,” Ingram said.

“It’s super exciting. It’s brand new thing. You don’t want to miss it.”

The Sunday bullfight is included with the gate admission which remains the same on the final three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday at $15 for those 9 and older.

Children 8 and younger are admitted free.

Saturday night’s rodeo will cost an extra $5 at the gate.

Armbands for unlimited carnival rides Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $35.

There is still plenty of good music left to catch in the final days.

Friday Koe Wetzel will take the stage following the rodeo at around 9 p.m. and Saturday Shane Smith & The Saints will follow.

Sunday Sexto Grado and a Energía Norteña will hit the outdoor music stage following the competitive bullfighting event at around 9 p.m.

“We have three days left and we are super excited for people to still come out and see all the wonderful things we brought this year,” she said.

“We are having a great year.”