It’s been 25 years since the Tarkio Rodeo Association organized and began a rip-roaring good time at the Tarkio Rodeo grounds every summer. With buckin’ bulls and broncos, ropin’ cowboys and cowgirls, little tykes taking the rides of their lives on mutton, and bullfighters and clowns cracking up the crowd, it’s quite a sight to behold and one witnessed by thousands from all over the Midwest. No matter if it’s 100 degrees, or pouring rain with the corral a mud- pit, or absolutely gorgeous with sunny skies and a light breeze, the stands fill with diehard fans and the arena fills with extremely dedicated participants hoping for that small moment of glory and a full pocket of cash.
It’s not easy work put- ting on a rodeo, and over the years there have been many different faces helping to get the grounds ready, hire the stock contractors, clowns, queens and judges, taking money, grilling up the grub sold to hungry patrons, and taking it all down again. There are even people in town who provide housing and transportation for the workers each year and in more recent years the building that sits on the grounds was converted into apartments to provide living quarters for rodeo workers who travel from afar. Though there are some years that are more successful than others, it’s always a highlight of the year for the townspeople and area community members who enjoy taking part in all the festivities. So come on out to Tarkio this June 7 and 8 and celebrate 25 years of Tarkio Rodeo glory!
This year’s Tarkio Rodeo Queen is 2019 Miss United Rodeo Assocation KD Butler. Miss Butler is from a small town near Kansas City, Missouri.
This year’s Tarkio Rodeo stock contractor is Silver Creek Rodeo Company. “Silver Creek Rodeo Company’s heritage runs deep! In fact, it actually goes back as far as 1976 with the creation of the DeLayne Long Ro- deo Company. For almost 30 years, the Long family produced some of the most notable rodeos in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa and annually provided top livestock to several as- sociation finals events each year!
This year’s Tarkio Rodeo announcer is professional rodeo/bull riding announcer Chris Pyle.
On Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, Mutton Bus- tin’ will begin at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 6 and un- der at the rodeogrounds. All must sign up at 6:00 p.m. Following the rides, the rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is: preschool free, youth 12 and under $5, and adults $15. This year’s ro- deo will include $7,200 total added money. A men’s and women’s all-around buckle will be awarded to the best of the best.
The fun continues Saturday morning with the fol-
Doug Summa Memorial Car Show will be held in Niedermeyer Park in Tarkio. Registration for vehicles will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, and continue through 12:00 noon. Judging will follow. Trophies for the car show will be presented at the conclusion of the parade in Niedermeyer Park. This year’s event is sponsored by the Tarkio Chamber of Commerce and the SloRollers Car Club.
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The Tarkio Rodeo Ride includes a number of people on horseback and in horse- drawn carriages gathering at the Clapp residence northeast of Tarkio and riding into town before the start of the parade. The
event begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. All horse and mule riders and teams and wagons are wel- come. Once the riders have reached town, lunch will be provided. After lunch, the riders will take part in the Tarkio Rodeo Parade and then ride back out to the Clapps’ for a potluck sup- per (the meat is furnished) at 6:00 p.m. Breakfast will be furnished Sunday morning, June 9. There is plenty of room for camping. All paricipants of this ride need to RSVP so the Clapps have an idea on the amount of food needed (call 660-744-6858). BARBeCUe
The Tarkio Lions Club will be serving lunch (free will donations accepted) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the shelter house at Niedermeyer Park.
The Tarkio Rodeo Parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. Line- up starts at 12:15 p.m. and each participant will be directed to a position at 9th and Elm streets. Past rodeo queens, contestants, rodeo board members, car collec- tors, clubs, organizations (including churches/schools) or individuals who like to have a good time are encouraged to join in the fun. Dress up the pets and include them, too. Businesses around town are encouraged to decorate their windows and store fronts. Pull out those scare- crows, dress them in their finest rodeo attire, and place them around town, down Main Street – anywhere that will welcome rodeo fans. For more information about the parade, contact Rhonda Ri