Archive for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Shrine Rodeo returning to Tonganoxie

May 8, 2012

It’s almost rodeo time in Tonganoxie.

The 53rd annual Abdallah Shrine Rodeo returns to the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds for the fifth consecutive year May 24 and 25, but this year, there’s a new attraction at the Memorial Day Weekend event.

A demolition derby will take place May 26 at the fairgrounds.

It’s a new offering for the Shriners, who are best known for organizing rodeos and circuses.

“We decided to expand our offering and try to appeal to another bunch of people,” said Nick Turner, chairman of the weekend’s activities and 2011 Potenate.

A craft fair also will take place and vendors will be on the grounds.

Whatever the fans come to see, Shriners say they have to make a good impression.

“We enjoy putting on an event that is high quality and affordable for families,” Turner said. “It’s something we’ve been doing for five decades-plus, and this year is no different.

“We like working with the community.”

Tickets for the event went on sale in late April and can be purchased at B&J Country Mart in Tonganoxie, online and at the Temple office. They range in price from $4 for youths ages 6-12 to $12 for adults. More information can be found at the rodeo’s website, ShrineRodeo.com or by calling the Shrine Temple at (913) 362-5300.

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