The beautiful Hanging H Ranch just west of Sutherland, Nebraska was the site of the 15th annual Nebraska Cattlemen's Ball on June 7 and 8. Over the years the Cattlemen's Ball has teamed up with the Eppley Cancer Center and raised over $7 million for cancer research while promoting beef in a healthy diet and showcasing rural Nebraska.
Union Pacific Railroad even bringing in a special train from Omaha with VIP's on board to attend the Ball.
Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center can be seen in the background of the above photo of the special train arriving at Bailey Yard. Below, with 4,000 visitors expected for the Ball, a pasture at the Hanging H Ranch was turned into a parking lot, with shuttles from Farm Credit Services providing transportation to the gate.
Feather River Vineyards showcased their award winning wines.
Ranch Rodeo. Here cowboys from several local ranches compete in events that showcase the skills they need every day to do their jobs. Below, both a mother cow and a calf need doctored, so the mama is immobilized while the calf is still on the loose.
Lonestar finished up the evening. Organizers hoped to raise $2 million for cancer research, and through the generosity of bidders, I'm guessing they came close to or exceeded their goal.
If all of this looks like fun and you'd like to participate in 2014, the Cattlemen's Ball will be held on the Hoot Owl Ranch in Harrisburg in the Nebraska Panhandle between Kimball and Scottsbluff.