Jackson Hole PBR

Rodeo fans fill the stands for a Professional Bull Riders event Tuesday evening at the Teton County Fairgrounds. It was Jackson’s first ever PBR Touring Pro Division event, featuring bulls from PBR’s Stock Contractor of the Year, Chad Berger.

The first, maybe annual, Jackson Hole PBR Touring Pro Division show July 17 saw a near-capacity crowd at the Teton County Fairgrounds and the hope is the bull riding will return soon.

“Planning is already underway for 2019,” said Ersin Ozer, a promoter with Outlaw Partners, which put on the show. “We’re committed to bringing the event back to Jackson Hole. We’d like to see it grow into an annual event that is multiple days and generates a ton of economic impact back into the community. We just scratched the surface this year.”

Outlaw raised over $18,000 for the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum through ticket sales, a calcutta auction and sponsorships. Outlaw puts on a four-day event in Big Sky, Montana, each year that includes concerts, a golf tournament and a community barn dance along with the bull-riding.

Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Communications Manager Cecilie Davila said it’s possible that a multiday PBR event is in Jackson’s future.

“Jackson’s definitely capable of it,” Davila said. “Having the lodging availability and that space would be a big focus if they were to try and do something like that.”

Tickets to the two and a half hour show were $58 for general admission and $265 for VIP Golden Buckle admission. Five dollars of each GA ticket and $10 from each VIP ticket went to the historical society.

Outlaw Partners hopes to release dates for next year’s event this fall.

Contact Clark Forster at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGsports.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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