Bull Bash this Saturday
Monday, 10 February 2014 06:50
The 13th Annual Heart City Bull Bash in Valentine, Nebraska will be held Saturday, February 15th. Billed as the Heart City’s Main Event the Bull Bash pays tribute to agriculture and is a winter festival that gives cattlemen the opportunity to look at bulls and bale feeders while the rest of the family takes in art, gun, quilt and craft shows, a tasty lunch, and wine tasting.
This year each cattle and commercial exhibitor will be supplied with raffle tickets. When you visit with them and they give you one of those raffle tickets – you will be eligible to win either a Bar None Custom Made Pure Beaver Hat donated by Kaycee Hoffman and the Bull Bash Committee or a Ruger American 22-250 with a 22” barrel donated by the Gun Cabinet and the Heart City Bull Bash Committee. The bull exhibitors will draw for the hat and the commercial exhibitors will draw for the gun. Tickets will need to be deposited in an entry box in front of Plains Trading before 4:00 CST that afternoon so the drawing can be held that day.
Attendees of the Bull Bash will want to start their day early so they can make the rounds! Start your day with a 5K Run/Walk with the Bulls. This event starts at 10:30 a.m. and you can call Andy at 402-322-1137 or Tonya at 402-322-0012 to register or just check in at 10:30 CST at the Comfort Inn. There is no registration fee. Tee shirts may be purchased.
And while we’re thinking about healthy lifestyles, Bull Bash attendees have an opportunity to have their heart health assessed complimentary by Bryan Medical out of Lincoln. Bring your current cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and height statistics to the Bryan Medical truck that will be parked just south of Wells Fargo from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Their staff will enter your information into their computer and evaluation your heart health. There is no cost, you don’t need an appointment and it only takes about ten minutes.
Our first Go Red for Women Salt Block Art Contest has been a big hit throughout the area, The entries will be judged by popular vote at the Go Red for Women Event on Valentine’s Day , Friday, February 14, 8:30 p.m. CST Cherry County Fairgrounds. The blocks will be on display during Bull Bash.
What sounds better in these bitter temps than a quilt show? The Bull Bash offers a great one and you get to vote on your favorite! But most important – just come into Nelsen’s Furniture and enjoy the beauty and talent that that will be on display via our area quilters. The show opens at 10:00 and promises quilts of all kinds – old and new. Contact Debbie Galloway 402-966-3471 for more information on bringing your own quilt.
Taste some home grown Nebraska wine with Friends of the Library at Wells Fargo Bank from 2-4 p.m. Featured vineyards this year are Nissen Brothers from Hartington and Milleta Vista from St.Paul.
The Vet’s Club on Main Street will be an important stop this year as they are hosting our craft show in the basement, serving a delicious lunch upstairs and you will be able to buy your dessert right there at the VFW bake sale.
Plains Trading is bringing some great book signing opportunities again this year for Bull Bash. Local author Evelyn Foster will be at Plains Trading from 10:30 – noon with Bricks of Love. At that same time C.M. Wendelboe will be there with his third book Death on the Greasy Grass. And come by at noon and have Tom Brewer sign Bone Yard which features him. Tom is running for the Congressional seat.
Support 4-H at the Luck of the Draw at Cedar Canyon. And who can imagine it’s already the third year for the Guns and Roses Gun show? It’s a favorite part of the Bull Bash and it’s back in the same location – Hoover Event Center. Come and buy or trade some guns. There’s always folks there that can repair guns as well so keep that in mind.
There will be artists to draw your portrait, business appreciation events, grand openings – check out bullbash.com for a complete schedule with times and specials. Many in-store specials and hot drinks and sweet treats will line the sidewalk.
This event that’s all about the livestock industry continues to keep agriculture in the forefront during this daylong celebration. Families are encouraged to take a break from calving and feeding chores and spend the afternoon celebrating their rich livestock heritage with friends and neighbors.
Indian Child Welfare Update
Monday, 03 February 2014 16:50
Native American organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the private adoption and public child welfare systems.
Tribal leaders delivered a letter Monday to DOJ Attorney General for Civil Rights Jocelyn Samuels demanding the investigation.
The request follows a recent custody battle over a Cherokee girl known as Baby Veronica who eventually was adopted by a white South Carolina couple. It also comes after lawsuits alleging violations of federal law governing foster care and adoptions in some states.
In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act to curb the high number of Indian children being removed from their homes and placed in non-Indian foster care.
Experts say the law has slowed the removals, but Native children are still disproportionately represented in the child welfare system nationwide.