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SPOONER– The 66th Spooner Rodeo opens tonight, Thursday, July 11, and continues Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, with incredible, wild western action and family entertainment.

Rodeo fans will see many of the athletes who will compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next December in the Spooner arena. Competitors come from across the United States, Canada, Australia, and beyond to compete for prize money nearing $100,000.

Here is a look at what fans can expect at the 66th Spooner Rodeo …

Barnes PRCA Rodeo Co.

Barnes Rodeo and Spooner Rodeo have partnered to bring fans the best in professional rodeo at Spooner’s Heart of the North Rodeo since it began in 1954.

Bob Barnes, who helped launch and guide the Spooner Rodeo, was one of Professional Rodeo’s most highly regarded and enduring legends.

Wrapping up the season, Barnes’ stock takes part in the Great Lakes Circuit Finals and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company is the longest running rodeo company in the United States.

Announcer Kelly Kenney

Kelly Kenney was born in 1975 in Missouri and early on learned to ride a stubborn little sorrel pony, and it wasn’t long before that experience developed into a love of rodeo.

In 1996, at a rodeo in his home town, the announcer didn’t show, and Kenney reluctantly agreed to help.

Today, he announces PRCA Rodeos full time working approximately 30-40 events each year.

To find out more about Kelly Kenney, visit his website: http://www.kellykenney.com/index.html

Exceptional Rodeo

The Spooner Rodeo will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, with Exceptional Rodeo for special needs children, presented by the Spooner Rodeo Committee.

Exceptional Rodeo is an experience of a lifetime for many young contestants and their families. The kids eagerly look forward to this event each year and cherish the lasting memories long after the special rodeo events are over.

During the program, youth participants are paired with cowboys and cowgirls who assist them with taking part in specially designed steer roping, stick horse racing, flag races, and eight-second rides on a hand-rocked horse and bull.

Youth contestants receive cowboy hats, bandanas, and other souvenirs to remember their special night in the Spooner Rodeo Arena. Long after their trophies gather dust and their hats no longer fit, these young people will still hold dear their memories of this special night.

For more information: spoonerexceptionalrodeo@gmail.com

Dusti Crain Dickerson

Dusti Crain Dickerson’s father and uncle began putting on rodeos when she was only 3 years old. She carried the American flag and competed as a barrel racer.

Dusti saw trick riding for the first time during a family vacation at a dinner show and told her dad that was what she would do one day. At 11 years of age, Dusti performed her first trick riding act in a rodeo. She has performed in over 30 states and is best known for her unique way of Roman riding.

Dusti Roman rides atop fast-running horses bareback and bare foot. Her speed and control is a crowd favorite. She travels with a black and white team named Valor and Royal, a blue roan team named Rummy, and Blue, and her trick riding horses Dash and Doc.

Featuring elaborate costumes, beautiful and fast horses, plenty of fire and excitement and always a big smile, Dusti Crain Dickerson will always give 110 percent, and is sure to leave Spooner Rodeo fans wanting more.

Trent McFarland, Clown

Professional rodeo entertainer and barrel man Trent McFarland has been entertaining crowds with his quick wit, crowd interaction, and high energy for more than 21 years. He was raised in a clown family. It took only a few years working in the arena before Trent got his first Clown Barrel, and there has been no looking back.

As a second-generation clown Trent grew up making people laugh. He provides a style of in-your-face comedy. Fans will often find him along the fence or within the crowd during the performance.

Dirt Road Dixie

The Spooner Rodeo is thrilled to welcome back one of the hottest Country/Western bands in the Midwest. Spooner Rodeo fans loved the band last year and are sure to have a great time again at the 66th following the performances.

Dirt Road Dixie has been bringing great music to people all across the Midwest in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota.

Rodeo fans are sure to enjoy Dirt Road Dixie’s high energy performances and the great set list of music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights on the rodeo grounds.

Rodeo Parade

Thousands of people gather for this parade, commonly referred to as one of the best parades in Northwest Wisconsin. Rodeo fans will line Hwy. 63 through Spooner on Saturday, July 13, as the huge Spooner Rodeo Parade passes through the city.

Over 100 parade entries will make for a fun time for the whole family. Spectators will see rodeo clowns, royalty, cowboys, bands, Native American dancers, fire trucks, antique cars, military vehicles and more.

Following the parade, enjoy the huge Block Party with live music.

Many folks put out chairs early in the morning along Hwy. 63. While the parade officially begins at 12 p.m., people will begin lining the streets much earlier, so be sure to head downtown well ahead of time.

Other events

There will be much, much more for fans to enjoy during Spooner Rodeo Weekend.

Quickly becoming one of rodeo’s most popular events is Mutton Bustin’ as young cowboys and cowgirls try to stay aboard a sheep. There are no complicated rules in this event, and about the only advice these young contestants need is to “hang on any way you can!”

Kids can also take part in the Nickel Scramble For Kids each night.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, take in the Lions Club Bar-B-Que at the Rodeo Grounds.

Sunday brings breakfast at the Rodeo Grounds at 7 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by Cowboy Church Service.

Get ready to once experience family-friendly entertainment.

It’ll be a wild, western exciting time in Spooner at the 66th Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo!

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