19th annual Bull-A-Rama events start today in Vermillion

The members of Coyote Country Rodeo Club invite everyone out to enjoy a historical South Dakota tradition and celebrate all that bull riding and rodeo has to offer during the 19th Annual Bull-A-Rama, August 24-26.

 Most of the events will be taking place at the Clay County Rodeo Arena, which is two miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road.  The one event that doesn't take place at the rodeo arena is the Saturday morning promotional event, which is held at the Hy-Vee parking lot.

The busy weekend starts off Friday evening, Aug. 24, with the "Unloading of the Bulls" at the rodeo grounds at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for the public to check out the bucking bulls that have been provided by the Double S Bull Company of Sidney, IA. Friday night also features a meal of roasted pork, beans and all of the fixings ($5 donation for the meal) and an opportunity to relax and socialize under the beautiful South Dakota night sky.

On Saturday morning, Aug. 25, Bull-A-Rama promotional events will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hy-Vee parking lot. Activities include registration for the Kids Mutton Bustin and Youth Steer Riding, free horse rides and presale of Bull-A-Rama tickets. 

It is also a chance to meet bull riders and a rodeo clown, get autographs and get up close and personal to a bucking bull. This year's Miss Extreme, Hannah Hilsabeck from Winterset, IA, will be there.

Bull-A-Rama organizers are pleased to include AlaBling fashions and accessories at Saturday's promotional event, along with Clyde's Mechanical Bull.  The cost for mechanical bull rides is two tries for $5 or a bracelet that is good for both the promo event and the evening event for $20.

The Rodeo Club will also be selling the 19th Annual Bull-A-Rama T shirt and will have a huge assortment of raffle items. The raffle items include a men's package with a BBQ grill; and a ladies package with a purse, flip flops, a cowgirl tote, kitchen items and lots of gift certificates.

Other raffle items include several new Polaris helmets and Polaris items. Western Trails has once again donated an eye-catching Montana Silver western buckle to be raffled off.

Bull-A-Rama pre-sale tickets are available in Vermillion at Hy-Vee, Pump-N-Pak and Freedom Value Store and in Yankton at Hy-Vee and Western Trails

This is just a warm up to the main event which begins Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. The Bull-A-Rama will include sanctioned extreme bull riders, an open class event, steer riding for the youth, mutton bustin and the candy toss.  There will be food stands operated by Hy-Vee, K & C Kettle Corn, Craig's Shave Ice and Hecks Dakota Style BBQ, as well as beer sales.

Clyde's Mechanical Bull and AlaBling will be available through out the evening. In addition to selecting the winners of the numerous raffles, there will be lots of items given away through the evening.

A fireworks display by Fireworks Unlimited will follow the conclusion of the bull riding, and everyone is encouraged to stay and dance to the music country band Riata, meet the members of the Clay County Rodeo Club and have a relaxing western style evening under the stars.

Sunday morning will begin with an all-denominational outdoor Cowboy Church Service at 10 a.m., followed by a Trail Ride at noon which starts from the rodeo grounds and winds down along the beautiful Missouri River. The trail ride is free and all horse riders are encouraged to attend as the ride will be relaxing and very scenic.  Following the trail ride there will be a pot luck meal back at the rodeo grounds. 

An addition to the Sunday lineup this years is a ranch rodeo, which will begin at 2 p.m. at the rodeo grounds and will showcase local riders in sorting, penning, and other ranch related cattle tasks.  Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on their friends and family as they try their best to be a "ranch cowboy.". There is sure to be lots of laughter and fun in this free-to-watch event and it is intended to be a laid back family friendly afternoon.

This year's Bull-A-Rama would not be possible without the support of the community, the event's sponsors and generous donations. Organizers offer thanks to the following major sponsors: Double S Bulls, Jones' Ace Hardware, Hy-Vee, Budweiser, Premium Best Transport, Yankton Press & Dakotan, WNAX – the WOLF, Western Trails, Polaris, Fireworks Unlimited and Clay-Union Electric.

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