Friday, June 17, 2011

New arena beckons, rodeo tickets on sale

For Days of the Old West rodeo

     Tickets are now on sale for the 64th annual Days of the Old West Rodeo sponsored by the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club.

     Dates for the three Independence Day holiday shows at the brand-new Hailey Rodeo Arena are Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4. Fireworks follow the July 4 show.

     Each rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. preceded at 6:30 p.m. by special pre-rodeo events. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children 10-and-under. Family Night is the Sunday, July 3 performance where all kids 10-and-under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

     Tickets for all three rodeo shows are currently on sale at The Drug Store and the Hailey Chamber of CommerceVisitorCenter, both in Hailey. Or, contact Sawtooth Rangers treasurer Lorna Hazelton 788-1012.

     There is no reserved seating this year because the Rangers just haven't had time with all the new construction to number the seats at the new arena.

     The Days of the Old West Rodeo is an Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association (ImPRA) event co-approved by the Idaho Cowboys Association (ICA). Stock contractor is Red Eye Rodeo Co. of Homedale.

     A free slack performance featuring timed events is Saturday, July 2 at 9 a.m. The eight events at Hailey are team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, steer wrestling, bullriding, barrel racing, saddle bronc and bareback bronc.

     The coronation of Miss Days of the Old West will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 4 prior to the final rodeo performance. There will be reining and freestyle competition as part of the 6:30 p.m. pre-rodeo activities the first two nights, and mutton busting for the kids will be at 7 p.m. for all three performances.

     No plans have currently been made for hometown bullriding, which will occur prior to one of the three rodeos.


Mackay Rodeo this weekend

     The ImPRA will stage one rodeo performance Saturday, June 18 to continue the long and storied history of the Mackay Rodeo in Mackay. It will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by a slack performance. The parade is at 12 noon.

     There will also be a kids’ cash scramble and wild cow milking at Mackay’s “Idaho’s Wildest Rodeo.” The rodeo grounds are located on the west end of Capitol Ave. Call 208-588-3027 or 588-3103 for details.

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