Harrison to Springdale

Wagon train makes 40th trip to Rodeo of the Ozarks

Posted: June 22, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Brothers Jim (left) and George Parker ride Tuesday along Cedar Bluff Road in Washington County while participating in the John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train riding from Harrison to Springdale for the 73rd Rodeo of the Ozarks. Jim Parker is the wagon master of the train, and the two have led the wagon train in the front wagon for 25 years.

The members of the John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train -- nearly 100 people riding in eight wagons and on horseback -- made it across the Ozarks for the 40th time. The wagons and riders left Friday morning from Harrison and arrived Wednesday in Springdale, in time to join the 73rd annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Parade.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Brothers Jim (left) and George Parker married the daughters of John Shaddox, who was the founder of the wagon train th...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Escort riders lead the John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train riding from Harrison to Springdale for the 73rd Rodeo o...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE The John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train got its start during this nation’s bicentennial celebration when a wagon t...

Rodeo of the Ozarks

When: Through Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Where: Parsons Stadium, 1423 E. Emma Ave.

Rodeo tidbits: A rodeo parade will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, starting at the rodeo grounds and traveleing west down Emma Avenue. The rodeo hosts more than 400 cowboys and cowgirls and a wide variety of classic competitions, including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding. This year’s rodeo features Sweethearts of the Rodeo, cowgirl trick riders, and the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard. The final night of the rodeo be followed by a 20-minute fireworks show.

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

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