CHADRON – One of Chadron’s major events of the fall will take place this weekend when the Chadron State College rodeo is staged at the Dawes County Fairgrounds. Performances will be at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday following Cowboy Church.
Slack is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Last year’s rodeo drew more than 300 contestants and 450 entries. CSC rodeo coach Dustin Luper said he anticipates this year’s rodeo will have at least those numbers and maybe more.
Under Luper’s direction, the CSC rodeo program is flourishing. Last year’s team was among the most successful in the 56-year history of the rodeo at the college. While several of last year’s top contestants have graduated, numerous veterans have returned and several newcomers have joined the team.
A big improvement has been made to help make this year’s rodeo better than ever. The arena at the fairgrounds has been expanded through the joint efforts of the rodeo team members, the Dawes County Agricultural Society and area businesses and individuals who contributed time, money and materials to the project.
The larger arena will be appreciated by bareback and saddle bronc riders, who often had to keep one eye peeled on the south side of the area while trying to complete their eight-second rides.
The rough stock for the rodeo will be furnished by Darrell Butterfield of Atkinson. Joe and Terri Lemmon of Chadron will supply the time-events stock.
Tyler Viles of Cody, Wyo., will be the announcer. Cody Brooks of Chadron, Justin Mello of Oral, S.D., and CSC student Jordan Lisco of Douglas, Wyo., will be the bullfighters.
Admission will be $5 per person each performance. Children five and under will be admitted free.
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