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Chelsea Pierce, 20, of Hastings, said she was watching the bull-riding competition with her mother from the top bleacher when the bull escaped during an intermission just before barrel-racing.
One of the workers roped it but it charged toward another worker, and the rope slipped from the first worker’s hand, Pierce said.
The bull looked around as it paused near some children who scattered, she said. The bull then jumped over a fence on the left side of the bleachers.
“He jumped over and the ambulance went racing over there, and a bunch of squad cars and police cars went after it,” she said. Standing in the bleachers, she and others in the crowd could see it in a field, bucking.
“It ran toward a parking lot,” and the authorities spent another 15 minutes chasing it, amid a lot of commotion, Pierce said.
“A lot of people were running away, scattering out,” she said. Deputies shut the gates so that nobody inside the arena could get out unless they were medical personnel or workers.”
“The bull when they finally roped him back — everybody was cheering, but he was still fighting to not go back into his pen,” Pierce said.
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