Janss Pro Am Classic
ropes in entertainment
By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer
Saddle up cowboys, the Janss Pro
Am Classic returns this weekend. This year the three-day affair ropes in
Western entertainment throughout the "Alpine Rodeo" in honor of Bill
Janss and as a tribute to a former Sun Valley ski coach and cowboy.
Kate Berman of the Sun Valley Ski
Education Foundation explained the 2004 event "pays tribute to Jack
Simpson, one of the original coaches of the Sun Valley Ski Education
Foundation and also a local cowboy." Simpson, "the original cowboy
skier" dedicated himself to youth ski racing.
"Jack felt that every youth in the
community deserved an opportunity to compete on even terms with youths
from other areas," said David Wheelock. "His vision … helped the Sun
Valley Ski Education Foundation become a reality."
As the most important fundraiser
for the ski team, the annual event combines racing with live music, a
banquet and a live auction.
The Western entertainment runs
throughout Friday and Saturday. In addition to the amusement on Baldy,
the Warm Springs’ headquarters tent houses trick roper Jose Heredia. A
Wagon Day’s parade veteran and Nampa resident, Heredia will entertain
guests with his fancy lasso skills and trick roping talent.
Janss Pro Am participants also are
challenged to rope the dummy steer head in the tent to vie for the
combined prize. The prize will be awarded for the best roping efforts
and fastest ski race.
Friday night, participants are
invited to Whiskey Jacques’ for an après ski party with entertainer Kip
Attaway. Described as "America’s premier cowboy musical comedian,"
Attaway hails from the heart of cowboy country, Jackson, Wyo. The
legendary Jackson Hole performer combines country music with Western
humor for a night of belly busting cowboy parody.
On Saturday evening an awards
banquet in the Limelight Room of Sun Valley Inn caps off the event. The
evening features live and silent auctions with Western inspired items,
such as an authentic chuck wagon from the early 1900s. The night also
includes a David Butterfield film featuring Jack Simpson during the
early Sun Valley rodeo days.
The fun continues when the Kenny
Bradberry Band rolls out country music for a night of boot stomping
boogies. The band plays regularly at Jackson’s famed Million Dollar
Cowboy bar. Bradberry has also shared the stage with country stars such
as Daryle Singletary, Chris LeDoux, Neal McCoy, Kenny Chesney, Patti
Loveless and Pam Tillis.