County, Ag Society, others sued over bull charging incident

Jessica Littlejohn being crowned 2010 Fair Queen by Teresa Scanlan

2010 Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen Jessica Littlejohn and her father Bill " Chip" Littlejohn have sued Scotts Bluff County, the Ag Society, the Fair Pageant and the Fair Board for negligence after Littlejohn was charged and struck by a bull inside the Fair rodeo arena in Mitchell two years ago.

Littlejohn, other contestants in the Fair Pageant and reigning Miss Nebraska and future Miss America Teresa Scanlan were being introduced to the crowd prior to the August 6th, 2010 bull riding event when a bull broke free from the chute, hit Littlejohn, and threw her into the air. Littlejohn was hospitalized after suffering a concussion and other injuries.

The suit says the defendants were negligent for not confining the bull to its pen, for placing the contestants in front of the pens with their backs to the bulls, and for failing to warn the contestants of the danger they were being exposed to.

The suit, filed Monday in Scotts Bluff County District Court exactly two years after the incident, says Littlejohn has sustained serious personal, emotional, and psychological injuries in addition to a brain and closed head injury.

The suit asks for almost $29,000 in medical expenses plus additional damages for physical pain and mental suffering, permanent physical disability and impairment, impairment of future earning capacity and loss of enjoyment of life.

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