Rodeo time!

A cowboy does what he can to stay aboard a bucking bull during an A Bar Rodeo Productions event at the 2023 Huron County Fair. The rodeo company is making its Madison County debut this year.

(Posted July 9, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A cowboy does what he can to stay aboard a bucking bull during an A Bar Rodeo Productions event at the 2023 Huron County Fair. The rodeo company is making its Madison County debut this year.

Barrel racing is part of the fast-paced action at A Bar Rodeo Productions shows.

A Bar Rodeo Productions out of Bluffton, Ohio, is making its Madison County Fair debut this year. The show is set for July 9 at 7 p.m.

A barrels-and-bulls outfit, A Bar Rodeo focuses solely on barrel racing and bull riding. Spectators can expect a fast-paced show that lasts between two and two-and-a-half hours.

“It’s exciting. We don’t do intermission; we just keep things running,” said owner Patrick Ayers.

Ayers, 70, has lived a cowboy’s life, so it only makes sense that he runs a rodeo show. He grew up on a cattle and sheep farm in North Baltimore, Ohio. His family also farmed 2,400 acres of land back in the day. Ayers started riding bareback broncs in the 1970s and kept at it for about 13 years.

Barrel racing is part of the fast-paced action at A Bar Rodeo Productions shows.

After he decided to retire from riding, he and his late wife got the idea to start a rodeo company.

“I made my own bucking shoots; I made everything. And everything just popped; everything just went into place,” Ayers said.

That was 1994, and he’s still going strong. This year, A Bar Rodeo will host 21 shows, nearly all of them at county fairs in Ohio. The company has been a fixture at the Franklin, Union, and Marion county fairs, among others, for years.

A Bar Rodeo is part of the Great Lakes Championship Bull Riding Association. Members of the association and non-members alike are welcome to compete at A Bar Rodeo shows.

“We have a good following of cowboys and barrel racers,” Ayers said.

In addition to a fast-paced show, spectators can expect a family-friendly show. Mike the Spike, a rodeo clown, keeps the crowd entertained and laughing, even venturing into the stands. The competition itself is good, clean fun to watch.

“Seeing a little kid come down out of the stands with a big smile on their face–that’s the best thing,” Ayers said.

For information about the Madison County Fair rodeo, visit “A Bar Rodeo Productions” on Facebook.

Murry & Edwards Marathon Products and Red Hot Propane are sponsoring the rodeo.

The 2024 Madison County Fair runs July 6-13. Visit Madison County Fair for a full schedule of events.

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