To say the events at the Flora-Bama are ‘imaginative’ is an epic understatement. They’re totally whacked out. They’re as crazy as a squirrel singing the Star Spangled Banner. And let’s not even get started on the folks who came up with the ideas for them.
For instance, the legendary roadhouse hosts an annual Mullet Toss, a Southern rite of passage where contestants fling dead fish as far as possible. It hosts bathtub races in the Gulf of Mexico. It hosts a polar bear dip where folks go for a swim on New Year’s Day. And now there’s Bulls on the Beach, Sept. 14-15, 2013.
This high-energy, rock-and-roll rodeo begins at 8 p.m. on Friday with a Mechanical Bull Riding Bikini Contest, followed by public mechanical bull riding all night long. You can try it for $5 -- with a signed waiver, of course. Riding a bull, never mind in a bikini, isn’t for the faint hearted!
Saturday night features professional bull riders from across the Southeast, including the stars of the new reality TV show “Dukes of Cattle.” The show, which premiered this month on the National Geographic Channel, follows real-life cowboys Cody Harris, Bubba Thompson and Booger Brown as they seek to form their own cattle company. Harris, a Gulf Coast native, has been featured previously in Country Music Television reality shows “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Southern Nights.”
Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for those 17 years old and younger.
And remember -- if you climb into the saddle, be ready for the ride.