Raising money for charity … one ‘buck’ at a time

The Coyote Country Rodeo Club members are gearing up for the 17th Annual Bull-A-Rama, the weekend of Aug. 27-29, showcasing the "Extreme bull riding tour" held at the Clay County Rodeo Grounds west of Vermillion on Timber Road. This year's event promises to be exciting and jam-packed with activities.

The Coyote Country Rodeo Club (CCRC) is a non-profit organization made up of individuals who wanted to work to keep the history of rodeos and bull riding alive in the local area. All proceeds raised are kept in the local community. CCRC has la long standing history of donating funds to the community … including local fire departments and those in need, like the Doug Hanson family, which suffered the loss of their home this past winter.

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 round, which is located two miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road.

On Saturday morning, Aug. 28, from 11a.m. to 1p.m. will be the promotional event " The Bull Stops Here!!" It will be located in the Vermillion Hy-Vee parking lot and will showcase Rachel Kelderman – Miss NFPB (National Federation of Professional Bull Riders), bulls, bull fighters, rodeo clowns, bull riders, horse rides, giveaways, raffles and registration for the evening's 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 rounds. 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 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 grounds. 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.

The members of the Coyote Country Rodeo Club invite everyone to enjoy the three days of activities. It is just another way to promote the western history of this area and support local bull riding enthusiasts.

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