Buckin’ bulls, mutton bustin’, dancing all part of entertainment for fifth annual Bull-A-Rama

Buckin' bulls, mutton bustin', dancing all part of entertainment for fifth annual Bull-A-Rama by M. Jill Sundstrom Action and entertainment are guaranteed this weekend as the Coyote Country Rodeo Club hosts its 5th annual Bull-A-Rama Sept. 11-12 in Vermillion. The event begins Friday evening with a Western Arts Festival and Talent Contest from 5 to 8 p.m. under the covered arena at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The top three winners of the talent contest will divide a $300 purse, with $200 going to first place, $60 to second and $40 to third. Other events planned for Friday include horse-drawn buggy rides, face painting, food and western arts and crafts. �The addition of the arts festival and talent contest helped us expand this to a two-day event,� said Coyote Country Rodeo Club treasurer Andy Howe. �We have people coming to the Bull-A-Rama from a wide area and we thought it would be great to keep them in town a little longer.� Admission to the Friday event is free. Bull-A-Rama bull riding begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Clay County Fairgrounds. �We have 20 riders from Vermillion, all over South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska,� Howe said. �They will each ride twice. They�re competing for up to $2,500 in prize money.� Bull riders also include amateurs ? five each ? entered in the Businessman�s and Teener events. Stock will be provided by McKay Rodeo Co., of O�Neill, NE. �They always bring a good mix of bulls,� Howe said. �They�re good, but we�ll see some qualifying rides.� Michael �Too Tall� Kennedy, Norfolk, NE, and Darin �Kamikaze� Reed, Ottawa, KS, will be this year�s bull fighters, while Tim Schinzel of Nebraska will be the barrelman. �This is the first year we�ll have a barrelman in the arena,� Howe said. �Not only will he help out the cowboys and bull fighters, he�ll also provide entertainment for the crowd.� East River Cowboys will provide live �chute-out� music during the Bull-A-Rama ? another first. As the cowboys compete for cash prizes, youngsters, age 4-7, have the chance to win a buckle and ribbons in the annual Mutton Bustin� contest. Bill O�Connor will provide the �buckin� sheep� for the event. Admission for Saturday�s Bull-A-Rama is $7 for adults at the gate, $5 in advance, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children 6-10. Children under 6 are free. Advance tickets are available at Knutson�s Western Wear, Beresford, Circle G, Yankton, Hy-Vee and Jones Food Center, Vermillion. A Bull-A-Rama dance, featuring music by East River Cowboys, will begin at 9 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Vermillion. Dance admission is $4 per person or $6 per couple at the door. �The Bull-A-Rama has been growing in popularity every year,� said Coyote Country Rodeo Club member Rick Christopherson. �One reason is that it offers good, solid bull riding, which really draws the riders. Our entry list was full four weeks ago. We also have lots of other events and entertainment for the spectators.�

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