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Bulls Rollerskate Through Downtown Monroe

Roe City Rollers
Roe City Rollers is Monroe's original roller derby league and was established in 2011.

Ever wanted to participate in the traditional Spanish Running of the Bulls? "Bulls in the Streets" is a safer alternative in Downtown Monroe. The joint fundraiser for the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum and Roe City Rollers is Saturday, June 9 at the Flying Tiger Brewery.

"Bulls in the Streets" puts a fun, family-friendly twist on the traditional Spanish Festival. "We bring the spirit of the Running of the Bulls to Downtown Monroe," says Adrienne LaFrance-Wells, the Director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. "Instead of live bulls, we have roller derby girls who dress up with bullhorns, carry whiffle ball bats, and skate down the streets." The family-friendly fundraiser is a one-mile fun run/walk.

Participants move along the course as the "bulls" gently whack them with whiffle ball bats. "Some people tend to taunt us like matadors," says Autumn Benson, the president of Roe City Rollers. The running track begins at Flying Tiger Brewery on N 2nd Street, makes its way down to Pine, turns onto N 4th and then again on Washington, where it ends back at Flying Tiger Brewery.

"Bulls in the Streets" is June 9. Registration is available here or at 3 p.m. the day of the event. There are festivities and fun for the kids before the race, which starts at 5. More information about the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is available here. More information about the Roe City Rollers is available here.