The population sign proclaims that 6,193 people live in this North Texas community.
But when the Professional Bull Riders’ tour stopped in Decatur on Saturday night, more than 7,000 people bought a ticket.
Extra grandstands were brought in to accommodate the influx of fans at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Additional lighting was installed to accommodate the pay-per-view TV broadcast.
The main reason for the rush of activity: Organizers held a lucrative competition that featured eight popular, high-profile riders who came out of retirement.
The event, called Unfinished Business, was held in conjunction with the traditional PBR BlueDEF Velocity Tour show in Decatur, which features current world title contenders.
During the Unfinished Business segment of the performance, two-time world champion Chris Shivers, 36, and former PBR World Finals average winner J.W. Hart, 40, tied for first. The two men split the $160,000 winner-take-all payout.
Shivers and Hart turned in scores of 88.5. Hart conquered a bull named King Buck (BMC Bucking Bulls) and Shivers handled a bovine named Black Cat (Broken W Ranch/Mike White).
The other six riders were bucked off. They were Ross Coleman (who stayed on his bull for 5.95 seconds); Mike White (4.66 seconds); Cody Custer (4.6 seconds); Justin McBride (3.26 seconds); Tater Porter (2.68 seconds); and Michael Gaffney (2.3 seconds).
Earlier in the performance, Mike Lee, the 2004 PBR World Champion and who is from Decatur, won the J.W. Hart PBR BlueDEF Velocity Tour segment of the performance. Lee finished with a two-ride score of 177 after turning in a final round score of 89.75 on a bull named Pearl Harbor (Boyd and Floyd Bucking Bulls). Lee earned $6,529.
Lee also competed in another competition within Saturday’s performance called the Champions Challenge, but he was bucked off. Renato Nunes, the 2010 world champion, won the Champions Challenge and earned $20,000 after covering a bull named Dakota Style’s Hy Test (Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team).
After claiming that title, Nunes had an opportunity to pocket another $20,000 by taking on a bounty bull named Sweet Pro’s Long John (D&H Cattle Co.) at the end of the three-hour performance. But he was bucked off in 3.19 seconds.
Trevor Brazile of Decatur, a 21-time world champion, won checks in all three roping events over the weekend for total earnings of $8,267 on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.
Brazile won the steer roping title and finished fifth in the team roping with partner Patrick Smith at the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo. Brazile and Smith won a round at the Old Fort Days in Fort Smith, Ark., and they also earned a fifth-place check at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Wrangler Champions Challenge to go with Brazile’s fourth-place check in tie-down roping.
After all that, Brazile, who is attempting to earn a record 13th world all-around title, is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2015 all-around race with $68,014, putting him $31,648 ahead of No. 2 Tuf Cooper, who also lives in Decatur.