Celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo


By Lisa Scott
Special to The PREVIEW

This year marks the 66th anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls from various states will compete for prizes and prize money in this sanctioned rodeo series.

The rodeos are Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m., Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 4, at 2 p.m. and presented at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds.

Traditional rodeo events are presented with a variety of exhibition events to make an entertaining American rodeo experience. Each performance begins with an impressive grand entry with flags waving from westerners on horseback. The rodeo clown offers a variety of comedy throughout the event.

Cowhide Surfing will be a featured event this year. Individuals will hold a towrope while standing on a cowhide that is being pulled by an ATV down the arena and around a barrel and return to the starting point. The winner is the person who remains standing and a cash prize will be double of daily registration fees. Entry fee is $10, individuals must be over 13 years old and are taken one hour before each daily rodeo.

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