The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Lifestyles

July 13, 2012

Hoping for bullish trend: Running of the Bulls part of Third Thursday

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shaun Steele can’t resist: If someone asks him whether the Running of the Bulls event uses real bulls, it takes him a while to get to the truth.

“Quite a few think we use real bulls,” Steele said. “I lead them on for a little bit, let them think what they want, then I break the news that we use roller derby girls.”

The bulls are ready to run Thursday as part of Third Thursday events. As part of the run, members of the Mo-Kan Roller Girlz add horns to their costumes and arm themselves with foam bats and other relatively safe weapons. Giving runners a head start, they skate after the runners and get a few whacks in.

The event is modeled after the famous San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain. Steele has been to that event twice, and last year introduced a similar run as a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Elementary School.

Last year’s event, held in October, had more than 50 runners dressed in red and white. Steele said he hopes for more than 200 this year, and moved the run to a July date that more closely matches when the San Fermin festival is held.

And if enough join, the event might get big enough to run as a standalone festival, he said.

“If this gets big enough, I’d like to make it into an actual festival, set to coincide (with San Fermin),” Steele said. “I’d like to do a weekend full of events.”

This year’s event will raise money for Ronald McDonald House and Joplin Area Catholic Schools.

Running costs $10; runners are required to wear red and white clothes and appropriate footwear.

Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed individual, group and family and others.

The run begins at 8 p.m., and registration starts at 5 p.m. The run will begin outside of Club 609, located at 609 S. Main St. Details: joplinbulls.com.

Text Only
Lifestyles
  • r070714palacedrinks2.jpg Spirits school: Drink-making lessons taught at downtown bar

    Some patrons have dubbed it "Drinks with Daniel," but the official name is "Cocktails 101," which has been attracting "students" for the last several weeks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 071114_steve cindy head.jpg New exhibit combines works of married couple

    Steve and Cindy Head create different types of art, which means they can be each other's best mentor. Steve makes mixed media works assembled from photographs, headlines and more; Cindy paints vivid patterns and fanciful scenes with bold color palettes.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tantric tours in support of latest studio album

    "37 Channels," the latest album from Hugo Ferreira's band, features a lineup of guests including Hinder's Austin Winkler, Shooter Jennings, 3 Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch, Uncle Kracker guitarist Kevin McCreery, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett and Leif Garrettt.

    July 11, 2014

  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg Globe Phone Test: Concept is clever, but transitions tricky with Asus PadFone X

    It's kind of embarrassing to point this out, but "Candy Crush Saga" is one of the best ways to illustrate how well the Asus PadFone X, a smartphone and tablet combo really works.

    Anyone who has more than one device will understand this situation completely: Let's say a player fires up "Candy Crush" on his tablet computer and really digs the game. A lot. So much so that he downloads it to his smartphone.

    Only there's one problem: All the progress made on the tablet is stuck on the tablet. The smartphone has a completely separate path of progress, meaning the player has to play each level twice. This makes progress through the game twice as long. (This problem can be fixed by signing up for the game on Facebook, but no one really wants their Facebook friends to know they spend so much time crushin' candy.)

    The Asus PadFone X is the dream solution to this nightmare of a problem.

    Available exclusively from AT&T, the device is actually two devices. A standalone smartphone can be plugged into a tablet computer, meaning the owner can take his pick of how he wants to play the game, and all the progress he makes is saved on one device's hard drive.

    AT&T loaned us a device that we tested for more than two weeks -- didn't like having to send it back -- and we found a lot of its qualities and quirks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 071014_sugar rush1.jpg Sweet summer: Candy factory opens floor for tours, tasting

    When family from Kansas City came to visit Christy Albertson in her family's Webb City home, she wanted to find something entertaining for five kids.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_108172906 Benji Tunnell: 'Transformers' reaches new level of terrible filmmaking

    Then there's "Transformers: Age of Extinction," a film so bereft of originality, spontaneity and life that one would assume its creator must be a talentless hack. That's when you remember that it was directed by Michael Bay.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marta-mug.jpg Marta Churchwell: Crystal Bridges' coup makes art world cry foul

    I find Eastern art snobs insufferable. I have little patience for their pretentious eyebrow-raising over anything unworthy of their refined tastes.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jermiah-Tucker-020812.jpg Jeremiah Tucker: Power pop plays perfectly for Fourth of July

    One of the best bits from the long-running -- and sadly now defunct -- "Best Show on WFMU" with Tom Scharpling was the character Power Pop Pop Pop. The independent call-in and comedy radio show explored this menacing, Godfather-like figure of the power pop community via one of his minions, played by the brilliant indie rock drummer and comedian Jon Wurster.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg Joe Hadsall: Found-footage tornado movie may be terrifying

    Funny how all it takes is one little thing to bring back the full onslaught of tornado-related dread, desolation and depression. This time, it was a movie trailer.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • aisha-sultan-mug.jpg Aisha Sultan: Study shows popular kids peak too early

    It was, of course, a popular mean girl who made my life miserable in middle school.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

Speaking of Gardens

Facebook
Poll

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is supporting an August ballot measure that would insert the right to farm into the state constitution. The governor is leaning toward opposing it. Do you support the Freedom to Farm amendment?

Yes.
No.
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter