Ringing in the new year normally means dancing the night away, but a fundraiser in Barriere is throwing bull riding into the ring.
The Farm Kids Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that helps further the education of rural youth, is hosting a New Year's Eve bullarama and dance fundraiser at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere.
The dance is for those 19 years and up but the bullarama is for all ages. The bull riding, sanctioned by Elite Professional Bull Riders, features 29 riders competing for a prize of $5,000 and a silver belt buckle.
And while the riders come from across North America, the bulls are from the North Thompson.
"If you want to cheer for the local guys, you might be cheering for a bull," said Steven Puhallo, founder of the Farm Kids Fund.
This is the organization's first year in operation and the bullarama will be its first fundraiser. The goal is to provide ten $1,000 scholarships to graduating Grade 12 students in rural communities at the end of the 2012/2013 school year.
"We just get teary eyed that we can help kids like that," said Puhallo, knows what it's like to be a farm kid as he grew up on a cattle ranch just north of Kamloops.
The mandate of the organization is to raise funds to help rural students further their education through events that promote agritourism and the overall western rural lifestyle.
However, it is not just the Farm Kids Fund benefiting from this New Year's Eve event. The event is also supporting a number of other groups helping out with the evening including the Barriere Lions Club, the Yellowhead 4-H Club and the Barriere riding club.
Doors open for the Dec. 31 event at 6:30 p.m., the bullarama begins at 7 p.m. with the dance to follow at 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Tickets can be bought online at www.farmkidsfund.ca, at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or at the North Thompson Star Journal in Barriere. Tickets for the bullarama and dance are $50, for the bullarama only is $30, and there is no cost for children 12 years and under.
A shuttle service running between Kamloops and Barriere will also be available ($80 and includes both bullarama and dance).
For more information, visit www.farmkidsfund.ca, or to sponsor the event, contact Steven Puhallo at 250-371-7654.
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