Bull-A-Rama celebrates 20th year

The Coyote Country Rodeo Club is organizing its 20th Annual Bull-A-Rama for Aug. 24 and 25 and invites everyone to come and join in the festivities.

On Saturday morning, Aug. 24, 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 on Stanford Street and will showcase bulls, bull fighters, rodeo clowns, bull riders, free horse rides, raffles and registration for the evenings Mutton Bustin’ and steer rides. This is the only opportunity to register for the Mutton Bustin’ and 15 riders will be chosen at random from the morning entries.

The main event, the Bull-A-Rama will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Clay County Rodeo Grounds, which is located two miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road. The evening will highlight the best bucking bulls in the area, provided by Double S Bull Company. 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 food stands including Hy-Vee, Hecks Barbeque, C & K Kettle Corn and Craig’s Shave Ice. There will also be beer sales, Bull-A-Rama T-shirts for sale, a candy toss and raffles.

This year, Novak’s Trading Post of Newton, IA, will host a booth at both the promotional event and at the evening event and will showcase blingy jewelry, purses, hats and glow-in-the-dark items.

Immediately following the conclusion of the bull riding there will be a spectacular fireworks display by Fireworks Unlimited of Vermillion. This is all followed by a free dance with music by one of the local favorite bands, The Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band. The members of the Coyote Country Rodeo Club encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the fireworks and dance to follow.

Sunday, Aug. 25, will be the concluding day of the 20th Annual Bull-A-Rama weekend and it will begin with a Cowboy Church Service at 10 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. This is an all-denominational service hosted by Larry and Freida Fossum and you are welcome to a seat at the picnic tables, or bring a lawn chair if you choose.

At 11 a.m., there will be a potluck lunch, followed by a Trail Ride from the Clay County Rodeo Grounds down along the beautiful Missouri River.

Pre-sale tickets to the Bull-a-Rama on Aug. 24 can also be purchased at several locations: In Vermillion at Hy-Vee, Pump’n Pak, Jones Ace Hardware and Freedom Value Store; and in Yankton at the Hy-Vee and at Western Trails.

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