The plans and colorful, entertaining events are being finalized for the upcoming 2006 Cherokee PRCA Rodeo scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 1-3 at the Cherokee Fair Grounds.
Cherokee's 40th annual PRCA Rodeo includes performances at 7:30 p.m. each day by the world's top cowboys and cowgirls who covet the high-quality shows produced by Barnes/MJM Rodeo of Cherokee and Peterson.
Sponsors for the Thursday (June 1) "Family Night" rodeo performance include Cherokee Regional Medical Center, KTIV News Channel 4, and KCHE Radio.
The Thursday slate includes Family Fun Night complete with free pony rides, petting zoo, and many games and attractions from 5:30-7 p.m.; Mutton Bustin', Bitty Barrel Racing, and Justin Boot Race at 6 p.m.; and the PRCA Rodeo at 7:30 p.m.
A Family Night Ticket Package for the Thursday performance only is two adults and three children admitted for $25. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsors for the Friday (June 2) "Queen's Night" rodeo performance include KCAU TV, KKIA The Moose Radio, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
The busy Friday begins with the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Best Western LaGrande Hacienda at 9:30 a.m., the Miss Rodeo Speech and Modeling Competition to follow; the Queen's Luncheon at Bits & Pieces from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the Miss Rodeo Cherokee Horsemanship Competition from 4:30-5 p.m.; and various kids activities at 6 p.m. on the rodeo grounds.
Sponsors for the Saturday (June 3) "Star Spangled Salute" rodeo performance include Tyson Retail Deli, and KSUX The Super Pig Radio.
Saturday festivities include the popular Western BBQ at the historic, renovated IC Railroad Depot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the large Rodeo Parade through downtown Cherokee at 4 p.m.; kids activities at 6 p.m.; Miss Rodeo Cherokee Coronation Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.; Armed Forces Tribute at 6:45 p.m.; and the 7:30 p.m. rodeo performance.
A new rodeo event this year features Team Roping sponsored by Ruba Quarter Horses of Marcus, with team roping events scheduled for all three rodeo performances.
Also, the Cherokee Bowl just south of the Rodeo Grounds is hosting an outdoor concert Saturday night from 9-midnight, featuring the band "100 Proof." There is a $5 per person cover charge.
The popular and entertaining PRCA Rodeo announcer Kelly Kinney will again be in the saddle for all three performances.
The 40th annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo will be produced by Hall of Fame Stock Contractor Bob and Donita Barnes and family of Barnes/MJM Rodeo.
This year's Event Sponsors include Bareback Riding - Chronicle Times; Calf Roping - McDonald's; Saddle Bronc - KCHE; Steer Wrestling - Denny's Service; Barrell Racing - State Farm Insurance; Team Roping Ruba Quarter Horses; Bull Riding - Valley Pharmacy.
Chute Gate Sponsors are Holzhauer Motors, Central Bank, R.J. Thomas Manufacturing; Hy-Vee Foods/Hy-Vee Drugstore; Bomgaars/Wrangler; and Cherokee Bowl.
Gate Sponsors are Cherokee Lumber Company, Colorlyne Directory, Iowa Telecom, Dodge, and Cherokee State Bank.
Ticket prices for the Thursday and Friday performances are $8 advance for adults and $10 at the gate. Children are $4 advance and $5 at the gate. On Saturday, tickets are $11 advance for adult and $13 at the gate. Children are $5 advance and $5 at the gate. Children under age three are admitted free.
In addition, fans can buy an adult Super Pass for $25 that is good for all three performances.
To order advance tickets call the Chamber at 225-6414.