Bully Bullhead Weekend: Small Town Iowa Fun in Ruthven-Lost Island Lake, Iowa

Bully Bullhead Car Show
The girls picking their favorite car for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the car show.

Bully Bullhead Weekend 2015 is in the books! What in the world is Bully Bullhead Weekend, you ask? Well, it is celebration in Ruthven, Iowa full of Small Town Iowa Fun. While our family spends a lot of time near Ruthven at Lost Island Lake each summer, we’ve never participated in annual Bully Bullhead festivities. This year we changed things up a bit to see what this weekend is all about.

We missed out on Friday’s festivities which included a tractor ride, basketball tournaments, library program, food, kids pedal pull, and a teen dance. Saturday was full of even more activities. A 5K, 10K, and Fun Run took place in the morning along with a fishing contest with tagged bullheads (the lake is full of those whiskered creatures-hence the name of the celebration). Antique tractors and cars were on show, a bean bags tournament took place, and mini donuts and sno cones were consumed. We made it to town in time for the parade.

Bully Bullhead Parade
The parade was just the right length and had many fun floats celebrating the area.

The parade was close to forty-five minutes long and was full of floats from area businesses. Candy was tossed along with other goodies. Some of our favorite floats were a bulldog in a wagon with the tag “Bully the BullDOG,” a small train, and a group of Shriners from Spencer, Iowa. The Shriners were visible from far away in their little yellow cars. As they got closer, the crowd was in awe of the driving tricks this group did on the street. It was fun to watch them quickly weave around each other and then suddenly stop. It made me wonder how many fender benders happen during practice!

After the parade, activities took place all around town including an antique tractor rodeo, and pony and wagon rides. The day rounded out with a street dance downtown and fireworks at Huston Beach. We enjoyed the fireworks from across the lake with s’mores and pjs.

Sunday mornings at Lost Island means pancakes at the Ruthven Legion Hall, and this weekend was no different. We had some of the world’s greatest pancakes (there will be a post about this fabulous attraction another day) before spending more time by the lake and taking refuge from the heat in the cool water.

Parade Time Fun
She got her favorite candy! We all had a lot of fun at Bully Bullhead Weekend and are looking forward to enjoying even more activities next year!

Bully Bullhead Weekend wasn’t over for some folks though. Sunday had just as many activities as the rest of the weekend, including a co-ed volleyball tournament, trap shoot, progressive organ recital, and an ice cream social at a local church. While a fishing tournament was a part of the festivities, it seemed like celebrating the community and having fun were main stage. There was something for everyone to do in the small town of Ruthven, where the water tower is painted like a fishing bobber (I hope I’m not the only one who noticed this!).

While we didn’t take in all the activities, we enjoyed Small Town Iowa fun at the car show, parade, fireworks, and pancake breakfast. We’ll have plenty of new things to see and do next year at the 24th annual Bully Bullhead Weekend!

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