The Coyote Country Rodeo Club members are gearing up for the 18th Annual Bull-A-Rama, the weekend of Aug. 26-28, 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 a long standing history of donating funds to the community�including local fire departments and S.T.A.R.S. (a non-profit that provides therapeutic horseback riding and canine assisted services for persons with disabilities.)
Starting off Friday night, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. will be the unloading of the bucking bulls from the Double S Bull Company. A pork roast meal is being served for a $5 donation per plate. This will be taking place at the Clay County Rodeo Grounds, which is located 2 miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road. This is a great opportunity for children of all ages to get up close and personal to professional bucking bulls, and meet and greet the stock contractor and bull riders.
On Saturday morning, the Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. till noon will be the promotional event �The Bull Stops Here!!� It will be located in the Vermillion Pump-n-Pak parking lot and will showcase Bulls, Bull Fighters, a Rodeo Clown, Bull Riders, Free Horse Rides, Giveaways and Raffles. Registration for the evenings Mutton Busting and Steer Riding Competition will take place at this time.
Renowned Western Artist Ray Kelly will be in attendance with his amazing collection of art work for sale. This will also be an opportunity to purchase your 18th Annual Bull-A-Rama t-shirt so you can wear it to the evening�s activities.
The main event, the Bull-a-Rama, will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 27 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.
Little cowboys and cowgirls will wow the crowd in Mutton Bustin, along with five Open Class bull riders and five steer riders. There will be food stands operated by Hy-Vee and Cherry Street Grille, Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy, as well as beer and Mikes Hard Lemonade sales. Bull-a-Rama T-shirts will also be on sale. A candy toss and raffles for a belt buckle and two artworks, one donated by Past and Present, located on Cherry Street in Vermillion.
Immediately following the conclusion of the Extreme 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 country 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. 28 will be the concluding day of the 18th Annual Bull-a-Rama and it will begin with an all-denominational Cowboy Church Service at 10 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. All are invited to attend. At 12 p.m. there will be a trail ride from the rodeo grounds down along the beautiful Missouri River with a potluck 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 and rodeo enthusiasts.