Extreme Bull Riding returns to Nebraska City later this month for the third straight year, but this time around it will be part of the AppleJack Festival.
The 2017 Extreme Bull Riding Tour Finals will host 40 of the best bull riders from eight states and two countries.
The Finals will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, at Hidden Falls Cabins and RV Park,  6124 Steinhart Park Rd.
Adding the event to the AppleJack festival calendar gave the group who organized the tour, Renegade Outlaws, LLC, an opportunity to increase attendance at the event, said Kristin Stracke, Renegade  Outlaws, LLC, vice president.
Shad Smith at Double S Bulls asked the group to host the finals, said Stracke, as a show of faith  for the event’s success.
Nebraska City youth sports programs will receive proceeds from the event, said Stracke, who added that the organizing committee has appreciated the community support it has received.
“Without the support of the community and the businesses who are sponsors, it wouldn’t be possible,” she said.
The tour started as a dream for Tony Moyer, Renegade Outlaws, LLC, president, said Stracke.
Moyer brought the event to Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, who sponsored it for the first two years, said Stracke.
During intermission both nights, cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of 3 and 9 and weighing less than 60 pounds can compete in mutton-bustin’, said Stracke.
Gates to the event will open at 5 p.m., and mutton-bustin’ competitors can sign up before the finals begin.
Other family-friendly pre-show activities include face painting, pony rides and a bounce house, said Stracke.
After bull riding, Switchbak will provide live music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. both nights, said Stracke.
Friday night will also feature a few celebrity riders.
So far, Nebraska City Street Commissioner Vic Johns, Derek Nielsen from the Nebraska Air National Guard, and Loyd Teten are among those who have agreed to try their hand at bull riding.
Saturday night’s program will feature the High School Series Finals  in addition to professional bull riding, said Stracke.
Tickets are available at the NCTC office, First Nebraska Bank, Hidden Falls Cabins and RV Park, McGinley Chiropractic, Commercial State Bank, and Larson Motors.
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.nebraskacityextremebullriding.com.
Ticket prices are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, said Stracke.
Children 9 and under will be admitted free, and military discounts will be available at the gate.
Stracke added that high school students in need of community service hours and other volunteers are welcome to come out to the arena Saturday morning to help clean up from the Friday event.