BY MELANIE BUCK –
The 62nd annual Polk County Rodeo will be held this weekend, August 6th through 8th, at the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds. The Rodeo has long been one of the County’s premier events and this year will be no exception.
The fun begins on Thursday, when the parade starts up on North Mena Street at 5 p.m. Thursday night is also Senior Night at the Rodeo. Seniors, 65 and up, can purchase tickets that night for $3 each.
A very popular event during rodeo week, the Handi-capable rodeo, is Friday morning at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday night will be ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ night. Rodeo patrons are encouraged to wear pink to show support for cancer awareness.
On Saturday night, Rodeo Royalty winners will be announced and the rodeo will be followed by a dance in the air-conditioned Commercial Building with local band, Polk 74 providing entertainment.
Mutton Bustin’ will be held nightly at 7:30, for kids 60 lbs. and under. Contestants need to enter by 7 p.m. Junior Barrels will also be held nightly, for ages 17 & under. Contestants should enter upon arrival.
This year’s Specialty Act will be Ty Gosvner. Gosvner is a whip expert and is a must-see family entertainment act.