Monday, February 13, 2017

Cowboys and canoes. Boots and paddles.

VALENTINE, Neb. — Cowboys and canoes. Boots and paddles.Valentine and sprawling Cherry County — as home of the Niobrara National Scenic River — are widely recognized as one of Nebraska’s top summer recreational destinations.But with canoes and tubes tucked away for the winter, Valentine celebrated its cattle-ranching and agricultural heritage Saturday with its 16th annual Heart City Bull Bash.Nearly two dozen premier bull and heifer producers from across the region showcased dozens of their critters in temporary pens set up in the middle of Main Street. Quilters and artists exhibited their wares. The Friends of the Library group hosted a wine-tasting party showcasing the products of two Nebraska vineyards. There was a gun show and a 5K fun run.“We felt Valentine put a lot of emphasis on being a destination location for tourism — canoeing, fishing and camping — but the livestock industry and agriculture is the sustaining factor for the community,” said Marsha Bauer, who was a Valentine hotelier when the community launched the celebration in 2001...more                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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