It’s the 26th year of the Junction City Rodeo, and coordinators are going all out for this year’s competition, which will be held Friday and Saturday. Performances are at the Geary County Fairgrounds in Junction City, with several additional features planned.
Designated as “Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night,” Friday’s rodeo will benefit cancer research, recognizing cancer sufferers.
The Silver Buckle Drill Team kicks off each evening with the rodeo grand entry at 7:30 p.m. The Silver Buckle Drill Team began in 2006 and is based out of McPherson, where the group is supported by the McPherson Saddle Club. The riders travel all over Kansas and into Missouri performing at different venues, including professional rodeos, festivals, county fairs, and parades. These riders and their horses work to carry on the tradition of speed, precision and expertise in entertaining.
Cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Midwest will compete in traditional rodeo events. That includes bareback bronc riding, ranch style bronc riding, bull riding, mini bull riding, cowgirls’ barrel racing, calf roping, breakaway roping and team roping.
There also will be special events for children to compete in each night, including calf scramble, boot scramble and mutton busting.
One of the highlights of both evenings’ rodeos likely will be rodeo clown funnyman Stormin’ Norman Stewart, with his antics keeping spectators on the edge of their seats.
Rodeo dances follow each performance at Coyote’s Saloon.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, a Special Needs Rodeo is planned. Special needs children 4 years and older and their siblings are invited to participate in the morning’s events.
That includes steer roping, hand-rocked bareback riding, horse carriage rides, and arena rides with rodeo queen candidates.
All those attending Saturday night are encouraged to wear red, white and blue for Military Appreciation night. All active service men and women and those formerly serving for freedom of the country will be recognized.
The new Junction City Rodeo queen also will be crowned Saturday evening by 2018-2019 Miss Rodeo Junction City Zoe Bean.