Valentine Bull Bash filled the streets in the heart of cow country
In 2001 Ron and Marsha Bauer had a thought. How could the community of Valentine, Neb., thank the areas many agricultural contributors? There weren’t any festivals, or events geared toward that type of thing at the time, and they decided to change that.
The Bauers had seen Miles City, Mont., host a Bull Bash and thought that it would be a perfect event to have in the streets of Valentine. The Sandhills is in the heart (pun intended) of cow country. Who doesn’t want to improve their herd? Bull Bash is where you can start.
Downtown Valentine is closed to motorists and panels upon panels are set up to form numerous pens. There were 34 Bull exhibitors this year from South Dakota, Iowa and of course Nebraska. Beautiful set ups with banners, along with representatives to answer any questions that were asked. Though it would look like a show, bulls groomed to look their best, there isn’t any judging. As a first time visitor, it was quite a sight to see.
Each year the Bull Bash committee tries to bring something new to the event. This year it was the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Mobile Beef Lab. It was a great way for people to see how the ruminant of the cow works and how important the bovine is to the ecosystem.
Another goal of the committee is to make sure the whole day is a family event. Not only do the ranchers get to come enjoy the day, they can bring their wives and children too.
Local artists display photographs, paintings and sculptures in the Sandhills State Bank. It was nice to see the talent that is in our area. There were also vendors in the old Corner Market building. Including Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy Candles, and more!
Another place to get in out of the cold was the Gun and Knife show. This year there were 10 exhibitors with 32 tables. There was everything from firearms, knives and an array of shooting accessories.
A fun filled scavenger hunt was put on in the basement of Cedar Canyon. There were two groups, one at 11:00 a.m., and another at noon. The children were given clues (all located on Main Street) and ways to prove that they were at each location. There is no better way to entertain the kids!
One of the big “draws” is the Cherry County 4-H “Luck of the Draw.” It is quite a scene in Cedar Canyon Steakhouse. Trying to make your way in, purchase as many tickets as you can muster just to get your name into the drawing. There were over 200 donations from different area businesses, and the group made baskets with an array of prizes. While walking through the room and looking at the five full tables, you never feel like you have enough tickets! Fifteen minutes before the drawing is to take place, the room is full of people. Waiting and hoping their name is called. It’s nice to see such support for the 4-H kids.
Each of the downtown businesses had Bull Bash sales, and snacks for patrons. On a cold day like it was this year, it is nice to be offered hot chocolate or a bowl of chili.
Heart City Bull Bash in itself is a great way to thank the agricultural community for letting us be a part of their lives. A big thank you goes to the original Bull Bash Committee who have been there from the start, Ron and Marsha Bauer, Dean Churchill, Kenny Hollopeter, Ronna Morse and Kim Jeffers. And to the current members Duane Gudgel, Jay Hollenbeck, Darlene Meyer, Mony Neiffer, Jason Hoffman and Shane Keller. Your hard work paid off this year!
Like mentioned before, they like to add something new each year. Have an idea? Feel free to contact a Bull Bash Committee member early in the year. Also, please visit the website http://www.BullBash.com to keep updated on the event.
So when the beginning of February rolls around next year, think about heading to Valentine, Neb., for the Heart City Bull Bash. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
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