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Rodeo Board Wants to Bring Parade Back to Tradition

BY MELANIE BUCK –

The Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association is inviting all businesses and the public to participate in their annual Rodeo Parade, and help them celebrate the 61st Annual Polk County Rodeo and Rodeo Days Celebration.

The Association encourages everyone to join the fun and dress your business and yourselves up Western-style in honor of the Rodeo held each year in the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds. This year’s rodeo will be held on August 6th-8th. First and second place prizes will be awarded to businesses for Best Theme and Attire.

Association member, Sharon Walston said, “We have made some changes to this year’s Rodeo Parade that we hope will involve more participation. We have moved the parade back to Thursday (August 6th) at 5 p.m. so that it will kick off the Rodeo.” The parade will begin at 5:00 pm at the Old Bus Barn/The Crossing Church on the North end of Main Street. The route will be as follows: From the Crossing South to Sherwood Avenue; Sherwood Ave. to 7th Street; 7th Street to Hickory; ending at the Crossing.

Any horseback rider in the parade will be given a ticket upon their arrival at the back entry gate and will receive free admission to the rodeo IF they ride in the Grand Entry that night.

The parade line-up/categories will be: Police, Emergency Vehicles, Off-road Vehicles, Wheeled (Floats, Antique Cars, Tractors, anything with wheels not categorized elsewhere), Horseback, Pick-up Men, Royalty, Drill Teams, Riding Clubs, Individuals.

Walston hopes the community will come together and bring the parade to the level of tradition it once was. “We hope that local businesses will participate. We would love to see some floats this year! If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the Parade Committee.” They are: Jack Davis, 479-216-4303; Sharon Walston, 479-216-0141; and Cheryl Edwards, 479-234-2477.

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