9th Annual Ridin’ for Cash Bull Bash held Saturday

Staff Writer

“Some people hear ‘Ridin’ for Cash’ and think it’s Cash Money but it’s not money it’s me, I’m Cash!” Cash Miles age 11.
Nine years ago, a local event was started to raise awareness and money to benefit the visually impaired children in the community. This year, the "Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash" is once again gearing up and will take place Saturday, Feb. 17th, at the Nolan County Coliseum. The "Bull Bash" was incepted by Matt and Annie Miles, whose oldest son Laramie Cash Miles was born with Septo-Optic Nerve Dysplasia. A person with this condition has a minimized optic nerve which prohibits the transfer of information from his eyes to his brain to process, resulting in blindness. At two months old, Cash was also diagnosed with Pan-Hypopituitarism. This disease affects the pituitary gland, making it impossible for the body to produce basic hormones and steroids which are needed for the body to survive. Cash is now 11 years old and doing amazing. He is a 4th grader at Sweetwater Intermediate School, who enjoys singing, playing piano and being around people in general.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., with ticket prices standing at $10 for adults, $5 for students and no charge for kids under five years old. At this time you can shop from multiple vendor booths, purchase a t-shirt or Gun raffle and visit our concession stand. To kick off the main event Cash Miles along with Journee Pugh will perform the National Anthem — the performances — will begin at 7 p.m., featuring 30 bull riders, 12 Mutton Busters, a FREE Calf Scramble for all kids and one section of “Bull conga line” that is sure to be entertaining.
The Mutton Bustin' competition will be broken up into two sections of ten riders each. Mutton bustin is rom age 3-6 and under 80 pounds. Also, during the event, vendors will be on hand for guests to browse and purchase items, along with a concession stand from Sweetwater Jaycees. Free t-shirts will be thrown to the crowd throughout the evening, but shirts can also be purchased for $15 each.
After the Bull Bash, a dance will be held at the Jaycees' barn, located at 307 W. 4th Street, with a $5 entry fee, BYOB and no cooler charge. The dance starts at 9:30pm, entertainment will begin with Devin Gutierrez a Sweetwater native that is also blind and attends Texas School for the Blind in Austin. Devin will open up for Casey Daniels band. Casey is a Denison, Texas native that has been writing and singing since 2009. Casey will be on 11pm and play until 1am.