The Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo is coming to the Jackson County Fairgrounds (Expo) June 3,4 and 5. The PRCA event will attract a number of cowboys who are National Finals Rodeo members (NFR). One of those is Bobby Mote, winner of World titles in 2002, 2007 and 2009 as a bareback rider. He was a winner at the ProRodeo last year. This year he will be in the team roping. Mote has a Bareback Riding School in Madras.
Another well known name sure to delight spectators and participants will be Donny Landis, known around the country as a first class clown. At the age of 47, he has been in the rodeo business 29 years. Part of his act involves his pet flea, Marion. Cowboys think a great deal of Landis for his ability to come to their aid.
Events get underway Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. with tickets sales at the Fairgrounds starting at 5 p.m. Thursday night is family night and the night some lucky engaged couple will win a $5,000 wedding package. Hank FM (105.1 FM) has all the details. Pacific Diamond, Girl Needs Gown, Suzy’s Flowers, Party Place are among the businesses participating in this package. Engaged couples need to go online and register. Then, they must be at the rodeo Thursday night. The finalist will be picked based on applause by the audience.
Family night also sees a reduction in the cost of tickets; $14 for adults in advance, $16 at the gate; children 12 and under that night only will be $7 in advance, $8 at the gate.
You’ll want to stay in your seat at intermission time at the Pro Rodeo to watch what may be the next Pro rodeo celebrities (a few years down the road.) Intermission time is mutton bustin’ time designed for those ages five to eight. The event is held each of the three nights.
Each child tries to ride on the back of a sheep, similar to the way the cowboys ride a bucking bronc or bull. Of course, the sheep tries to buck the child off. The contestant who stays on the sheep the longest is the winner.
Contestants must weigh less than 65 pounds, appear in Western attire, including boots, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Parents must provide a protective helmet.
Sign up can be at the Fair office, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point or online at www.jcfairgrounds.com
Friday night you’ll be seeing pink, from cowboy to cowgirl–they will be dressed in pink, thanks to Big R, a co-sponsor with Providence Hospital. They are tagging the night “Tough to Wear Pink” in support of breast cancer awareness.
Friday night will be the American Cowboy Team Roping. Expect to see some local folks in that event. The winners will be in a contest Saturday night.
An eight girl drill team will perform at the intermission each evening. One of the participants is Jordan Stubbs from Eagle Point. The girls generally come from the high school equestrian team. It requires well trained, well manored horses and competent riders to carry flags, and perform the precision drills. Julie Smith, a former equestrian from South Medford, is in charge of the drill team.
This year’s Rodeo queen is Staci Binder. In addition to performing at the Wild Rogue ProRodeo, she will be in the Rose Parade.
The PRCA sanctioned rodeo will feature a $5,000 purse in each event. Events include bull riding, saddle-bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, barrel racing, tie-down roping an team roping.
Friday admission is $15 in advance, $17 at the gate. Saturday prices are $17 in advance, $19 at the gate for reserved seats and $15 and $17 for general admission. Reserved seats are available only for the Saturday performance. Tickets are available at all PremierWest Banks, except the Rogue Valley Manor branch, Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less, Big R and Cowboy Corral in Grants Pass.
While the rodeo is going on there is another major event at the Fairgrounds and that is the Spring Fair. 4-H and FFA members, including a number from the Upper Rogue, will be showing their lambs. Events begin Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday things get underway at about 7:30 a.m. The lamb auction is Sunday afternoon.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent