Burbank resident Eileen Thorsell has been going to the Medina County Fair for more than three decades. However, this year marks the first time the owner of the Creek Bend Bucking Bulls Ranch is bringing her “Buckin’ Ohio” show to the fair.
“Before, when the Medina Fair has had bull riding events, they used stock contractors to put on a performance,” Thorsell said. “So this is exciting we’re going to be there for the first time. We have been putting on events for 13 years on our ranch in Medina County. We normally don’t go off premise to put on bull riding. We’re not a touring group.”
What Thorsell is bringing to the fair are roughly 40 mean bulls (not all of which belong to her) with a slew of professional bull riders from all over the Midwest and South. In fact, she mentions her outfit was named Contractor of the Year by the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association (SEBRA). That means fairgoers will see one heck of a bull-riding event.
“They’re going to see, of course, the bull riding and then also they’ll see barrel racing,” Thorsell said. “And we’re also going to have a mutton busting, when the children ages 5 to 9 ride sheep. It is a competition. That’s kind of the thing we’re bringing to the Medina Fair.”
She added there’s a special feeling about coming home this year considering Creek Bend Bucking Bulls ranch is located in Medina County. Not only did Thorsell’s son show quarter horses at the Medina County Fair while he was growing up, but attending the annual summer affair has been a family tradition.
“It’s just exciting because it is our community,” Thorsell said. “That makes a big difference when you’re in your hometown. We love Medina.”
Medina County Fair Board Member Bob Dreher said the idea behind staging a bull-riding event is to provide low-cost family fun.
“We’ve had bull riding before but this group is really fabulous,” Dreher said. “They have great bulls and great riders.”
When asked if he would ever think about partaking in a bull riding contest, Dreher didn’t hesitate. He laughed, “I’d love to ride bulls but my family won’t let me.”
Buckin’ Ohio Bull Riding takes place at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 3 at the Medina Fair Grandstand. Tickets are $7. Visit medina-fair.com.