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An Elburn bull, known for leaping out of the chutes during professional bull-riding events, is headed to the Kane County Fair.
Scaredy Cat is a bull so popular that it has 5,226 friends on its Facebook page, and he can’t accept any more. A quick search on YouTube will provide several highlights of the bull.
And Denny Hawks, Scaredy’s owner, said the bull is special.
“Even though bulls are really mean,” Hawks said, “he’s almost been like a family pet.”
Scaredy Cat will be a featured performer Friday night at the fair’s grandstand, for the Professional Championship Bull Riders Tour event, which starts at 7 p.m. Among other headliners scheduled for the show will be reigning champion Cody Crutten, along with Bruck Brock, Rod McKeown and Giovani Ontiveros.
Scaredy Cat is expected to be a big draw. Robert Sauber, who runs the PCB Tour, has had the bull at his ranch in South Elgin and is excited that Scaredy Cat will make his Kane County Fair debut. Sauber said the St. Charles record was a 90-point ride by Cody Nance in 2009, and that “there’s a really good chance this arena record will be broken Friday night.”
“He’ll put on a show,” Sauber said. “I’ve been working with him every day. ... You can tell. He knows it’s coming up. He’s going to do great on Friday night.”
Hawks said Scaredy Cat got his name because “when he was little, he was afraid of everything.” Also, Scaredy Cat’s father was named Scat Cat. The bull is 9 years old, and he no longer travels on the Professional Bull Riders circuit.
“He was a pretty famous bull when he was on the PBR circuit,” Hawks said. “When he would come out of the chutes, he would be 6 feet in the air, all four of his feet.
“That’s what it was. That’s how he got the fan base. Everybody loved him.”
Sauber said he is happy to have Scaredy Cat at his ranch.
“It’s a good feeling to see him every day,” Sauber said. “He’s very cool.”
Sauber said there will be a meet-and-greet with the cowboys at the event, and the first 300 youths will receive cowboy hats.