During Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds, Sun Classics Car Wash sponsored a mechanical bull-riding contest. The cost to get on the bull was $5 with a 50/50 payout to the male and female who stayed on the electronically timed bull the longest.
The guys winner was Michael Takatch who managed to stay on the bull for 1 minute and 29 seconds; the gals winner was Jalyn McElmurray, who rode for 1 minute and 25 seconds.
Each winner received a check for $233.75.
Jalyn, a fifth-grade student at Walnut Creek Elementary School, stopped last Friday at the Sunbury administration building with her mother to receive her check. She said she rides horses at Autumn Rose Farm, and that probably helped her with her long bull ride.
Big Walnut Civic Association member Cathy Belcher and Sunbury zoning inspector Rhonda Mourne, who operated the bull timer, said they were both thrilled that Jalyn won, beating out all the other gal competitors.
“Over 75 percent of the riders were age 8 to 12,” Belcher said. “It was so much fun, we had a line the whole time. We’re planning to do it again next year. We really want to thank Sun Classics Car Wash for the donation that made this possible.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093