GREG LOWER

Competition for the 2017 Chanute Rodeo will be 8 pm Friday and Saturday at the Saddle Club Arena, 2730 S. Katy in Chanute.

This is the fifth year for the rodeo, which is sanctioned this year by the United Rodeo Association and International Rodeo Association.

Tracey Cook with the Chanute Saddle Club said the event switched to URA/IRA in an effort to get more contestants. She said 250 have already signed up, but the books will be open until the last minute Friday. Cook said some potential competitors are waiting to see how they will draw at a college rodeo the same weekend in Durant, Okla., before they sign up for Chanute.

Gates open at 5 pm and activities for youngsters begin at 5:30 with the third annual Rooster Run. At 6 pm is Mutton Bustin’, where youngsters try to ride a sheep for eight seconds. There is no age limit but riders must weigh under 65 pounds. Award buckles are by Town & Country Western Wear and by Purina.

The Heartland Twisters equine drill team performs each night at 7:30 before the Grand Entry. The rodeo starts at 8 pm.

Events will include saddle bronc, bareback, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, breakaway roping and bull riding.

This year adds two events. One will be Over 40 calf roping and the other, for children, will be a boot scramble.

Cook said the boot scramble was introduced at the Bull Buckout in August. Children in two age groups will remove their shoes, go to the other side of the arena and then run back to find their shoes.

“Shoes were just a-flying everywhere,” Cook said. 

Friday will be Veterans Night and Saturday is Pink Night. Veterans are admitted free Friday with valid ID, and Saturday supports cures for all forms of cancer.

The performance ends with a Calf Scramble each night. Contestants must remove ribbons from the tails of calves, and the first five who do receive a prize.

The Calf Scramble and Rooster Run are for age 4-12.

Riders also will appear in the Artist Alley parade at 11 am Saturday. The event will also have raffles, prizes, merchant booths and a beer garden.

The rodeo is staged by the Silver Creek Pro Rodeo Co. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5 to 12. Children age 4 and under are admitted free.

Information is available from Tracey Cook at (620) 433-7741 or at chanutesaddleclub@gmail.com

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