PBR back in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - The Professional Bull Riding circuit is making its way back to North Dakota.

The PBR Bull Riding Challenge takes place Friday at the Bismarck Event Center.

It's here in large part thanks to Chad Berger of Mandan and his bucking bulls.

Berger says he's very excited about this event. They've laid down the dirt, put up gates, and the bulls will be here Friday afternoon.

PBR brings chaos and excitement to an arena.

Berger, who's been involved in PBR for about 20 years, says it brings recognition to North Dakota.

"When you bring all the best guys in the world and they love it here they love the atmosphere, they love our fans," said Berger.

Berger says this event will have match ups people dream about.

Chris Pantani says Cooper Tires has sponsored the PBR Bull riding challenge for 12 years. He says it's important for the company to sponsor since most of the athletes pull trailers and drive pick ups. And this year, there will be a special team challenge.

"Featuring five different teams, are going to go head to head for a $125,000 grand prize," said Pantani.

Berger and Pantani say this year will commemorate Mason Lowe, who was killed in a bull riding accident in January.

"He was a great kid, a wonderful family man. The memorial here as well as some of the other events we will be doing this year do recognize his legacy," said Pantani.

Both Berger and Pantani say this event brings people together from all around the world to enjoy the bulls, the athletes and the atmosphere.

People can purchase tickets online or at the Bismarck Event Center. ​