Go West!

Events planned to build western spirit for rodeo

Posted: June 8, 2017 at 1 a.m.

File photo/NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Couples sway to the music during the 2016 Western Days Street Dance on Emma Avenue in Springdale. The free Street Dance starts at 8 p.m. June 17 on Emma Avenue in dowtown Springdale, featuring the Boston Mountain Playboys. Rodeo of the Ozarks, a PRCA rodeo, runs June 21-24 at Parsons Stadium in Springdale.

My grand entry to the Rodeo of the Ozarks came exactly 30 years ago this summer. I was an intern reporter at what was then The Springdale News in the blue brick building on Emma Avenue -- which originally housed the Jones Truck Lines terminal and now holds office space for Tyson Foods.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Rick Treat of Springdale gets ready to dance during the 2016 Street Dance. The Rodeo of the Ozarks offers Western Days...

Photo courtesy Shiloh Museum of Ozark History V.D. McRoberts is dunked in a horse trough for not wearing Western wear downtown during Western Days in ...

Mutton Bustin’

Registration is still open for the children’s events held each night before the performance of the Rodeo of the Ozarks, June 21-24.

Mutton Bustin’ — Children climb on the back of sheep in a miniature bucking shoot and take a ride. Just like the cowboys’ bucking events, time and score count, but every contestant wins a trophy. For children from 4 to 6 years old, weighing less than 55 pounds.

Calf Scramble — Calves are let loose to run the arena, and children chase them to remove ribbons from their tails. First three halfpints with ribbons win a cash prize. For children ages 7 to 10.

Information: (877) 927-6336, rodeooftheozarks.org.

Rodeo Parades

Since its inception 73 years ago, the Rodeo of the Ozarks has offered two parades. Note that one of the traditional times to start has changed.

What: Rodeo parades

When: 3 p.m. June 21 and June 24

Where: Emma Avenue, downtown Springdale

Information: (877) 927-6336, rodeooftheozarks.org.

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