Display turns heads in Railside Grand Island
When you’re going past the Grand Island Tourism office, you may do a double take. That’s because of a temporary exhibit that recently made its way into the office at the corner of Third and Locust streets. Prominently featured in the window is a bucking bull, promoting Rodeo Grand Island, a PRCA Xtreme Bulls and Rodeo event.
Coming back after a year when many events had to be canceled, Rodeo Grand Island will be February 25 and 26 at the Heartland Events Center. In an effort to build anticipation and excitement, the real full-sized mounted bucking bull, which is yet to be named, will be at various locations throughout Grand Island.
Grand Island Tourism staff invites people to stop by the office to snap a selfie with the bull, which fills a majority of the window. People can also suggest a name.
“We wondered if it could fit through our door, but the installation went pretty quick”, said Grand Island Tourism Director, Brad Mellema.
From coffee shops across the street, several people saw the bull being offloaded from a stock trailer and carried into the tourism office. One observer visited the tourism office when she was done with her coffee and another posted on Facebook that she watched the bull being "helped" into the office.
Rodeo producers Kim and Steve Sutton coordinated the bull’s visit to Grand Island, with Steve organizing the delivery. The Suttons are from Onida, South Dakota and are the producers of Rodeo Grand Island. They are among the six generations of Sutton Rodeo which was founded in 1926.
You can track the bull’s whereabouts on Grand Island Tourism’s social media pages.