Heart City Bull Bash
February 11, 2019
The 18th annual Heart City Bull Bash was held Saturday, Feb. 9 in Valentine, Nebraska. This is considered the city's annual "Main" event. 16 bull producers displayed their livestock on three blocks of downtown Valentine along with 16 commercial displays. Bulls came from South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Shane Keller, chairman of the Bull Bash committee stated that "Thanks to the relatively cooperative weather, the 18th annual Heart City Bull Bash was well attended and made for an enjoyable day. A huge THANKS to the exhibitors and sponsors who make this community event possible."
For the first time a livestock judging contest was held that morning at the Valentine Livestock Auction yards. Over 80 participants attended from two colleges, five junior colleges and three high schools. Winners were announced later in the day. Winning high school team was Valentine, taking home Casper was the champion junior college and UW was the top college. Keller commented "Looks like this will be something to continue having."
Another event held near the sale barn was the indoor craft show. Downtown stores welcomed visitors with special events. A quilt show, an art show hosted by the Sand Painters Art Club, 5K run/walk with the bulls, wine tasting and the always popular 4-H Luck of the Draw were just a few of the opportunities to be enjoyed.
Beef producers, and local business persons connected with agriculture, make up the 13 member Bull Bash committee.
Special guests to this years Bulls Bash were Miss Rodeo Nebraska, Eva Oliver of Merriman and Nebraska Hereford Queen, Hannah Pearson of Thedford.