Rotary Rodeo rescheduled

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Event dates changed due to forecasted rain

The Rotary Club Rodeo, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The event will now take place July 17 and July 18 at 8 p.m. each night, at the Bill Hailey Arena on Business Highway 37 North in Cassville.

Featured events include bareback, saddlebronc, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, cowgirl barrel racing and cowgirl break-away roping. A calf scramble event for children under 10 will also be available.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12.

Residents can save $2 off an adult ticket by purchasing advance tickets at Freedom Bank, First State Bank or Security Bank, or see a rotary member. The rotary club will have a concession stand which will serve hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn and soft drinks.

Miss Rodeo USA will also be at the event both nights.

"This is our 73rd annual Cassville Club Rotary Rodeo and we're looking forward to some excellent entertainment for the fans this year," said Stan Kelley, rotary club member for 25 years, and committee chairman for the event.

Kelley said rotary members are actively involved in making the rodeo a success. A committee of six start preparing and planning for the event.

"There are continuous hours," Kelley said. "Members have been working for three weeks off and on to get the arena ready. There are about 15-20 rotarians who show up to work so they've been very diligent to get the arena ready by mowing, weed eating and cleaning restrooms. It's a lot of getting the arena back up to the standards they want for the rodeo. Picking up rocks and getting the arena floor prepared. Also taking care of any bleacher seats that might need repaired or cleaned. And putting up all the banners.

Kelley said the rotary club puts proceeds from the rodeo back into the community in the form of scholarships, supporting local baseball leagues and programs for the school, like the Don't Meth With Us program which informs students about the dangers of drugs.

Based on last year's figures, Kelley estimates the rodeo will draw between 600-1000 visitors each night.

"We've been told it's one of the best and longest running rodeos in Missouri," Kelley said.

Contestants may call 1-800-639-9002 to enter.

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