Bullarama promises action, entertainment Action and entertainment are guaranteed Sept. 8-9 as the Coyote Country Rodeo Club hosts its eighth annual Bullarama.
The weekend opens Saturday night, Sept. 8, with a dance at the Clay County Park Rodeo Grounds, featuring music by the Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band. Tickets are $5 per adult (tickets will not be sold to minors). The dance will run from 8 p.m. to midnight and refreshments will be available on the grounds. No coolers will be allowed.
Co-sponsored by Fort Randall Casino and Hotel and sanctioned by the Bullriders of America, the Bullarama will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the rodeo grounds. Twenty riders will match their skills against bulls provided by stock contractor Gerald German of Peever. Blaine Partridge of Cotesfield, NE, will announce the event.
There will be two go-rounds, with a $1,000 added purse. Fort Randall Casino and Hotel is also putting up a $500 award for the "bounty" bull.
"If a rider draws that bull and rides him the full eight seconds, he gets the $500 bounty, no matter how he places in the day's standings," said Scott Hanson, a member of the Coyote Country Rodeo Club.
As the cowboys compete for cash prizes, several other events will be offered to amateur riders. These include businessmen's bull riding, teener bull riding (ages 13-17), and junior steer riding (ages 9-12). For entries call Jill Christopherson, 605-267-4810 (7 to 10 p.m.).
Mutton bustin' is another special event for children ages 5 to 8. Entrants can sign up at Hy-Vee at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. There will be a limit of 15 riders.
Admission for the Bullarama is $8 for adults at the gate ($6 in advance), $6 at the gate (or in advance) for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 7 to 12 at the gate (or in advance), and children under 6 are admitted free. Concessions will be available on the grounds.
Advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee Food Store and Jones' Food Center in Vermillion, or Larry's Heating & Cooling and Slumberland Furniture in Yankton.
Additional sponsors are Polaris, Budweiser, KIKN 100.5, the Yankton Press & Dakotan, Country 1000 KXRB and Hy-Vee Food Store.
The Clay County Park Rodeo Grounds are located two miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road.