The 53rd Annual Mid-Western Rodeo in Manawa kicks off this Friday, July 1 and runs through Sunday, July 3. Rodeo fans and competitors from all over the United States will converge on the City for this exciting fun filled family event.
The annual Mid-Western Rodeo sponsored by the Manawa Lions Club, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, with 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows Saturday, and the final show at 2 p.m. Sunday. Rodeo fans will see seven action-packed events – saddle and bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down and team roping, bull riding, and women’s barrel racing. Contestants from throughout the United States will compete for thousands in cash awards on the world’s toughest stock, provided by Three Hills Rodeo of Bernard, Iowa.
Returning for his 14th year, professional rodeo announcer Roger Mooney will keep the audience on top of the action with his play-by-play commentary. Each show opens with a fast paced, patriotic presentation by the Rodeo City Riders Equestrian Drill Team. Barrelman/clown “Backflip” Johnny Dudley and this year’s specialty act by Austin Stewart will entertain rodeo fans between contest events.
Saturday evening’s performance is designated “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night. Contestants and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer awareness.
Free dances follow each evening performance: Mike and Brian Experience on Friday and Star Fire Family Band on Saturday.
Admission to the grounds is free. Fans can check out food, vendor and game booths or take the kids for a pony ride. There’s a chicken BBQ at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
The Stampede, a 5k run/walk and 10k run, begins at the rodeo grounds at 8 a.m. Saturday morning followed by the huge rodeo parade rolling through town at 10:30 a.m.
Cowboy Church with Kevin Johnson begins Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.
For ticket information call 1-800-74RODEO or visit www.manawarodeo.org.