Four 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 this Saturday 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.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., with ticket prices standing at $10 for adults, $5 for students and no charge for kids under five years old. At that time, a silent auction will begin, with over 50 items and gift certificates up for grabs to the highest bidder.
A highly-sought auction item will be a poster autographed by over ten famous Texas County musicians. The silent auction will end at 9 p.m.
The main event--the performances--will begin at 7 p.m., featuring 35 bull riders, 20 Mutton Busters, and barrel man Adam Costello . The Mutton Bustin' competition is open to the first twenty kids ages three to six years old, with sign-ups beginning at 5 p.m. on a first-come, first serve basis.
Also during the event, thirty vendors will be on hand for guests to browse and purchase items, along with a concession stand from Williams' Bar-B-Que, serving up their famous BBQ sandwiches. Free t-shirts will be thrown to the crowd throughout the evening, but shirts can also be purchased for $10 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. Entertainment will be provided by The Hogg Maulies.
"There is something for everyone," said event organizer Annie Miles. "This is a great family event and people of every age will enjoy being there."
In three years, almost 3,000 people have attended the event with over $25,000 being raised to serve visually impaired students. Funds have been used to purchase Braille books for local school libraries and have been placed into an account established by the Division for Blind Services (DBS) in Abilene.
For more information on the 4th annual Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash, find the "Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash" Facebook page, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Matt or Annie Miles at 325-338-8212 or 325-721-4588.