Bull-A-Rama 2010 welcomes royalty

This year's Bull-a-Rama event is slated to be very special and even showing a little glitz and glamour. Miss Rachel Kelderman, Miss 2010 NFPB will be in attendance for all three days' events; beginning with the unloading of the bulls on Friday night, at the promotional event on Saurday morning at Hy-Vee, at the Bull-a-Rama Saturday evening and Cowboy church and trail ride on Sunday.

NFPB stands for the National Federation of Professional Bull Riders and Miss Kelderman was crowned this year's queen and national spokesperson in April at the 14th Annual Miss NFPB Pageant. As queen, her role is to be an enthusiastic, positive ambassador for the sport of bull riding and the wholesome, family orientated, traditional western lifestyle.

Miss Kelderman lives in Colorado and is very pleased and excited to be invited to help hose the Bull-a-Rama event held in Vermillion on the weekend of Aug. 27-29. As this will be her first visit here, we hope the attendance and enthusiasm is high. Rachel will be signing autographs and photographs and promoting the NFPB Association and Miss NFPB Pageant. Watch for her also during the Bull-a-Rama for the presentation of the American Flag and the NFPB flag.

The Coyote Country Rodeo Club, which is organizing this 17th Annual Bull-a-Rama, invites everyone to come and join in the festivities. Starting off Friday night, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. will be the unloading of the bucking bulls, with a hog roast being served for a $5 donation per plate. This will be taking place at the Clay County Rodeo Ground, which is located two miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road.

On Saturday morning, the Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be the promotional event "The Bull Stops Here!!" It will be located in the Vermillion Hy-Vee parking lot and will showcase Miss NFPB, bulls, bull fighters, rodeo clowns, bullriders, horse rides, giveaways, raffles and registration for the evenings mutton busting and steer rides.

The main event, the Bull-a-Rama will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the rodeo grounds. The evening will highlight the best bucking bulls in the area, provided by Double S Bulls. This is a sanctioned "Extreme Bull Riding tour" so there is guaranteed to be plenty of action, thrills and spills. Fifteen kids will wow the crowd in mutton busting, along with five open class bull riders and five steer riders.

There will be a food stand operated by Hy-Vee, beer sales, Bull-a-Rama T-shirts for sale, a candy toss, raffles and another chance to meet Queen Rachel Kelderman, Miss NFPB. Immediately following the conclusion of the bull riding there will be a spectacular fireworks display by Fireworks Unlimited.

This is all followed by a free dance with music by one of the local favorite bands, The Riata Band. The members of the Coyote Country Rodeo Club encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the fantastic fireworks and dance to follow.  

Sunday Aug. 29 will be the concluding day of the 17th Annual Bull-a-Rama and it will begin with a Cowboy Church Service at 9 a.m. at the rodeo rounds. At 11 a.m. there will be a trail ride from the rodeo grounds down along the beautiful Missouri River with lunch (free will donation) to follow.

Pre-sale tickets to the Bull-a-Rama on the Aug. 28 can also be purchased at several locations: In Vermillion at Hy-Vee, Pump'n Pak, Jones' Food Center and Freedom Value Store, and in Yankton at Hy-Vee and Western Trails.

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