The second annual “Ridin’ for Cash” Bull Bash will be an even larger event than last year, with many vendor booths being set up before the action begins. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Nolan County Coliseum. Doors will open at 5 p.m. so that those attending will have time to visit vendor booths, the silent auction and the concession stand.
There will be about 30 vendors that will be selling many items including leather goods, jewelry, candles, Scentsy items, clothes, crosses and much more.
The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with over 50 items to bid on including a tool box from Mustang Tire, a barbecue pit, a watch from Cox Jewelers and dozens of gift certificates.
Another added event this year will be a dance directly following the bull bash. The dance will be held at the back of the Coliseum, under the covered arena and the dance is included in the ticket price. Entertainment will be provided by Lawless Flatz.
There will be 30 of Texas' finest Bull Riders competing to win $1,000 added money and a championship buckle. Laddan Ledbetter and Casey Bowman are two of the contestants and both of these young men ride professionally in the championship bull riding, CBR. There’s also going to be Mutton Bustin’ for the ages 2-7.
Tickets will be sold at the door; Adults $10, Students $5, Children under 5 are free. The profit from the ticket sales will benefit the visually impaired children of Nolan and Fisher Counties.
“We have a four-year-old, Laramie Cash Miles, who is visually impaired,” explained Annie Miles, who is married to Matt Miles and is the mother of two sons, Cash and Case. “We have wanted to do this for a few years and last year we finally decided to just do it,” Mrs. Miles said. “It didn’t start out to be a benefit, just as bull riding, but it’s turned into a benefit.”
When Laramie Cash Miles was two months old, he was diagnosed with Pan-Hypopituitarism, a disease of the pituitary gland that makes it impossible to produce basic and necessary hormones and steroids your body needs to survive and Septo-Optic Nerve Dysplasia, which is a condition that Cash was born with, where his optic nerve is too small to transfer any information seen by his eyes to his brain, for his brain to process, hence, blindness. The eye condition is a stable condition that will stay the same forever.
“This is going to be a great event for the entire community,” Miles explains, “Not only for benefiting the visually impaired, but for entertainment and the local economy.” “A lot of people from all over the state will be here, and they have to eat and have a place to sleep,” Annie Miles said.
“Ridin’ for Cash” Bull Bash is not affiliated with any organization, association, and is not working for the school system in any way. There are 50 local businesses sponsoring the event as well as many anonymous sponsors. Kenny Maxwell of Sweetwater is the bull sponsor.
For the spectators, along with all of the entertainment, there will be vendors selling everything from leather goods to beautiful jewelry. This event will be inside of a completely enclosed/heated coliseum, and there will also be a concession stand with barbecue sandwiches, drinks and much more.
Last year, The Ridin' For Cash Bull Bash raised $5,714 that was used to purchase Braille books for local school libraries. "Over 1,000 people came through the front doors last year," said Annie Miles. "We really appreciate all of the support we have gotten and we are really excited about this year's event and hope everyone can come out."
This year, the money raised will be donated to Division for Blind Services (DBS) in Abilene. "This organization helps the visually impaired in so many ways," said Mrs. Miles. "The money we raise will be put into an account at DBS and when a child from Nolan or Fisher Counties needs anything, they will use the money to help them get it."
KXOX Radio will be giving away tickets for the Bull Bash until the event. Also, Ridin' For Cash Bull Bash T-shirts will be sold this year and free goodies will be thrown to the crowd throughout the event.