Pauls Valley Democrat
The dirt will fly, the adrenaline will certainly be flowing and both the crowd and competitors are set to make it a weekend to remember as Elmore City’s Open Rodeo once again rides onto the Garvin County scene starting tonight.
A little worn out from preparations, but thrilled to be a part of the 41st version of the event is Elmore City Round-Up Club member Kim Burell, who welcomes fans far and wide for three nights of entertainment starting at 8 p.m.
There should be no lack of arena regulars to root for as the hours will be filled for another year with everything from bull-riding to barrel racing as well as team roping and even plenty of music or comedy to keep spirits high.
“It’s just three nights that are packed with fun, I have to tell you that,” said Burell, noting how each round up club also has a chance to show off their pride through their flags as they ride in to introduce via horseback. “It’s kind of wild.”
Bringing back the entertainment options are Elmore City musicians Myra & Company as well as a rodeo clown, which will all be included to help break up the competitions many riders will sign up each night of, said Burrell.
Yet, it wouldn’t be the rodeo without mutton busting and the calf scramble for the kiddos with a draw for those who might not usually attend the event.
Adding to all of that is something further out there than anything done during the competition before in the introduction of a rodeo version of musical chairs, said Burrell.
It will basically involve several competitors racing from one end of the arena to the other and sitting down on 10 available chairs until all except one are eliminated each night for a chance of a $100 prize.
“It’s pretty comical,” said Burrell. “It’s hilarious.”
However, Saturday is usually the night where everything peaks starting at 5 p.m. with the parade, which will start at the lake and march down Main Street, said Burell. Prizes for the best entry cover quite a few possibilities whether you decide to enter a float, tractor, bicycle or golf cart.
Eventually it all wraps up with a dance and include the coronation of the princess and queen of the rodeo.
There are two entries for each this time around and after they are judged based on qualifications including horsemanship, appearance and ticket sales, the winners come away with a professional grade saddle along with gifts like a crown, sash, feed and a bridle.
“There’s a lot of crowd participation,” said Burell. “Whether it’s the riders holding onto the saddle or everything else.”
For more information call Burell at 580-788-2593. For adults, tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the gate and can be purchased from rodeo queens or any roundup club member. It is $4 in advance or $5 at the gate for children 6-12 and those 5 years or younger get in free.
Questions about entering competition will be answered by Rusty Moreland, stock contractor, by calling 405-308-6433.