According to Linn County Fair officials this year's rodeo will have more contestants than it has had for several previous years. (Journal file photo)
By John Teagarden
MOUND CITY – The rodeo this Friday and Saturday nights at the Linn County Fair has drawn more entries this year than it has in recent years. The Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association (PCRA) event that begins at 8 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 14 promises to provide fans with plenty of rodeo action.
Our rodeo entry numbers are in for the Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14 Linn County Fair Rodeo, said rodeo co-chairman Charley Johnson, Prescott. “It’s our largest contestant list in 10 years. Both nights are really full.”
Contestants are entered from 15 states including Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota and eight Midwest states.
“Our contestant list includes at least 12 that have NFR [National Finals Rodeo] qualifications on their resume,” added Johnson.
“Our rodeo committee is especially excited that two-time World Champion All-Around Cowboy and five-time World Champion Tie Down roper Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, is entered for Saturday night in the team roping”. Beaver has served as the TV color commentator for the timed events at the NFR for the past seven years.
Beaver will team with former NFR qualifier Joe Day of Kechi, Kan. Day was a member of the winning team roping team at the 2019 Linn County Rodeo.
Current top-15-ranked PRCA and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants entered in this year’s rodeo include Emily Miller-Beisel, Weatherford, Okla., who is ranked fourth nationally in Girls Barrel Race.
Team ropers Buddy Hawkins ll, Stephenville, Texas, seventh-ranked header and Andrew Ward, Oklahoma City, ninth-ranked heeler are entered in the Friday night competition.
Twentieth-ranked header Jake Orman, Anderson, Texas, will team with 15th-ranked heeler Brye Crites, Welch, Okla., on Friday night’s schedule as well.
“Both rough stock and timed event entries are up considerably over recent year,” said Johnson. He added that there are 14 entered in Saddle Bronc Riding, including NFR Qualifier Hardy Braden of Welch, Okla. Bull Riding features 14 cowboys and six are in Bare Back Riding.
Ladies Break Away Roping, a new event to PRCA Rodeo, has attracted 24 contestants.
New Frontier Rodeo Co., Gypsum, Kan., will produce the rodeo for the 12th year. PRCA Clown of The Year Gizmo McCracken is the featured entertainment. Veteran rodeo announcer Troy Goodridge and Music Director/Sound man Garrison Panzer will handle their respective duties from the new announcer’s stand.
Rodeo start time is 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults. $5 for 6- to 12-year-olds and free for children younger than 6. Advance tickets are on sale for $12 at One-Stop in Parker and Family Center in Paola.