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The Heart City Bull Bash was started over 20 years ago to showcase bull power that was available to ranchers to improve their herds. The dream was to shut down Main Street in Valentine, Nebraska and fill it with pens of cattle. The "Main Event" has been held annually since and has continued to be a big hit for exhibitors and producers across the board. It has grown in size and continues to draw in large crowds. 

Livestock Judging

There were over 100 individuals entered in the 2023 Bull Bash Livestock Judging Contest, which included local 4-H youth, FFA members from across the state and collegiate teams from several states including Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and California. There were eight different cattle classes for the competitors to judge.

The 2024 Livestock Judging is shaping up to be even better than last year's. It will be held on February 10 at the Valentine Livestock Auction. For more information on this event contact Brent at


Running with the Bulls 5k

Fun Run/Walk is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024.  All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!  Cost for the race is $15 (for all ages) and includes a t-shirt if registered by January 31st.   

Registration may be mailed to Heart City Bull Bash P.O. Box 66 Valentine, NE 69201 or returned in person to Sandhills State Bank, Valentine.  Race day registration and check in will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Comfort Inn on February 10. Medals will be awarded to the top male, female, and child under 13.


Vendor and Craft Show

The 2024 Vendor and Craft Show will be held at the Connot Brothers Auction Building from 10-4 pm. There is space for 30 vendors. The Hog Trough will be serving food. Click HERE to see the current 2024 vendors. 


Kids' Dummy Roping and Stick Horse Barrel Race

Last year's inaugural dummy roping was such a hit, we decided to add a stick horse barrel relay race! All kids aged 3-13 are welcome to compete in the event. It will be held in front of Young's Western Wear from 11am-2pm. There will be three age groups and some great prizes!


4-H Luck of the Draw

February is Nebraska 4-H Month and Cherry County is celebrating by hosting the annual 4-H "Luck of the Draw" fundraiser during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 10 at First Rail Event Center. 


Local 4-H youth and leaders will connect with the community to raise funds for the Cherry County 4-H program. This is the only fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H. Money  Money raised supports 4-H programming, trophies, awards, scholarships, exhibitor t-shirts and project manuals. 


Wine Tasting

The 2024 Wine Tasting will be held in Security First Bank at 253 N Main Street.  It will be held from 2-4 pm. Attendees can look forward to sampling wine from local wineries. All proceeds will go benefit Sandhills Cancer Fund. 


Quilt Show

2024 Bull Bash People’s Choice Quilt Show Bring your quilt and join in the fun. Quilts of any size, antique or modern, all styles are welcome. There will be a People’s Choice Quilt Show Saturday, February 10, 2024, 9:00 to 4:00 pm CT at Nelsen Furniture on Main Street in Valentine, NE.

Registration starts at 8:30 am but you can bring your quilt in anytime during the day. There will be no entry fees with prizes of first-$25, second-$15 and third-$10 place. Voting by those viewing the show will be held all day until 2:30 pm. Please pick up your quilts between 3:00 to 4:00. 

Ballots will be tallied and winners will be announced at the 4-H event after 3:30 pm. Please come and cast your vote for your favorite quilt. Call Debby Galloway 402-966-3471 for more information.

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