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Kansas Sidewinders mechanical bull riding a hit
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Friday night After Harvest Festival activities included mechanical bullriding at the Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club beer garden. - photo by Veronica Coons

ELLINWOOD - Friday night After Harvest Festival activities included mechanical bullriding at the Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club beer garden. 

Surrounded by an inflatable pit, the mechanical bull was open to all ages and abilities, with many children being the first to give the holstein-spotted contraption a whirl. A trained operator controls the “bull,” ensuring a reasonably safe ride for those brave enough to try. Risks were detailed near the entrance to the ring. 

As the evening turned into night, men and women opted to give the beast a try, with bystanders eager to capture the spectacle of their friends’ awkward moment of being tossed off, heels over head, to grope their way to the inflatable wall. 

The Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club is a service organization that raises funds for area children’s causes. Proceeds from the mechanical bullriding activity will help to advance the organization’s mission.


Bill riding the mechanical bull

For some, the chance to get back on the bull brought back memories. This man who identified himself as Bill, used to ride the bull 20 years ago back in Kansas City.

Guy with orange cast

Bullriding was open to all ages and abilities Friday night at the Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club's beer garden at the 2019 Ellinwood After Harvest Festival.
By: Veronica Coons

Girl in Yellow Shirt

This young woman has balance! One of the longest rides we captured Friday night, July 19, 2019, at the mechanical bullriding activity at the Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club beer garden at the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival.
By: Veronica Coons