$1,000 cash prizes, charitable opportunities, party to follow
• Special to the Daily Leader
Organizers of a new event for Guymon, Okla.’s, Pioneer Days are hoping it will become an annual event and part of the famous traditions of Pioneer Days.
Not only can charitable organizations win a $500 cash prize, individuals and teams can win another $500, according to KKBS’ BS in the Morning.
“You can compete and take home cash money – this has got to be a great fundraising opportunity – every charity in the area can compete and win some cold, hard cash,” said Rockin’ Ramone and Mamma Bear. “What a great way to show your support for your organization – dress up in costume and really make a showing.”
The Running of the Bull calves is patterned after the 2010 “Running of the Reindeer” in Anchorage, Alaska. After a visit to the Iditarod last year, and feeling all the excitement KWHL Radio brought to downtown Anchorage with the Running of the Reindeer, Rockin’ Ramone and Johnny T Bone (afternoon personality on KKBS) thought “why can’t we do this in Guymon? We know we have to make our own fun in Guymon – because we can. Why wouldn’t this be a lot of fun? Dress up in goofy costumes, run down the streets (with bull calves) and win cash?” And, to top it off, there’s a calf fry at Bob’s Cowboy Bar at 6:30.
Registration will be set up at at 5 p.m. at Sixth and Main. The run route will go west to Quinn then south just past Wirtz lumber. Craig Latham and OPSU’s Rodeo team will provide 30 animals for the event. Participants must be 18 and over, and the event will be You-Tubed, with hopes of becoming an annual addition to Guymon’s Pioneer Days.
“With the Running of the Bullcalves, we can get Pioneer Days started off at a dead run and not rest until the final bull is turned out late on Sunday afternoon, May 2,” said Jim Quimby, Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo Chairman. “Because we can.”
Interested patrons can get daily updates and costumes ideas by texting bullrun to 69302.