Rodeo lineup too good to miss
It's fair time, which also means it's rodeo time in Tonganoxie.
Bullriding, bullfighting, bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, team roping, beauty queens, a rodeo clown, fun and entertainment are just some of the attractions of the Fifth annual Leavenworth County Rodeo. The event, featured by Six Crowns Rodeo Company (IPRA sanctioned), will be at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
This year's rodeo will host some of the top International Professional Rodeo Association rough stock riders on Thursday night.
"We have some pretty good, top-seeded competitors coming through Thursday night," said Kathy Stimac, who has headed up the sponsorship part of the planning process.
One of the top riders will be Jet McCoy, who won the All-Around at the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in January. McCoy of Tupelo, Okla., is 20 years old. McCoy also competes on the rodeo team at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla.
Another top rider is Cord McCoy, Jet's brother, who is 19. He is also a rodeo team member at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. "I hope this will help spur it (rodeo) up a little bit," Stimac said.
Besides some of the Midwest's top talent coming Thursday night, 2000 Miss Rodeo USA Marjon Brady, 20, of Mesa, Ariz., will be around the fair and the rodeo today through Friday. She will ride in the parade tonight and will also be attending various other events.
Stimac said that having Miss Rodeo there will also be one of the top attractions. Brady will be staying at Circle S Guest Ranch and Country Inn, northwest of Tonganoxie. Her plane ticket was sponsored by Tiger Tow, Bonner Springs.
Rodeo-goers will also have the chance to see a top bullfighters, Paul Bonds. He has fought as a professional bullfighter in seven states and in Canada.
Watkins C Ranch, Atchison, will perform at 7:30 p.m., before the rodeo, both Thursday and Friday.
All in all, Stimac is expecting a great show for the spectators.
"Everything has worked out pretty well," Stimac said. "I'm really, really proud of it."
Stimac has gone to several IPRA rodeos this year trying to get ideas for the rodeo. This was Stimac's first year selling the rodeo. Stimac has raised more than $10,000 for this year's rodeo.
"I hope it is a huge event," Stimac said. "It's been a lot of work. Now, I am ready for it to start so that I can see everything we have worked for unfold. I am ready to sit back and enjoy the rodeo."