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Barnes PRCA Rodeo hosts 'Old Stockyards Heritage Days'

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bob Barnes
SIOUX CITY - Bob Barnes and Barnes PRCA Rodeo is hosting "Old Stockyards Heritage Days" All-Breed Beef Cattle Seedstock Sale in conjunction with the Barnes National Bull Riding Challenge Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24 at the Tyson Events Center here.

The cattle sale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, offering nearly 50 entries, including bulls and heifers, from area beef stock producers. There will be a variety of vendor booths also open from noon to 5 p.m. during this event.

The Bull Riding Challenge is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at Tyson Events Center.

Barnes has organized this inaugural "Old Stockyards Heritage Days" in tribute to his long history with the Sioux City Stockyards and its legendary history.

"I have grown up as a boy going to the Yards with friends and relatives, and later on as a consigner and buyer through the Lee Livestock Commission Company," noted Barnes.

"After marriage in 1958, I went with my father-in-law when he consigned to MidWest - Mike Bergeson. 'Biddy' Noonan standing on the catwalk with his cane, Elmer Steinbeck on his white mule, and Don Cunningham on the radio are memories I will never forget.

"In fact, I have no greater memories than the Sioux City Stockyards and for those reasons lots of free daytime activities are scheduled for Jan. 22 through Jan. 24."

Barnes points out that "Old Stockyards Heritage Days" is planned for almost exactly 125 years after the signing of the articles of incorporation for the Union Stockyards Company, Sioux City (Jan. 21, 1884), which allowed the company to buy and sell livestock on commission.

That historical event set the stage for more livestock to sell through the Sioux City Stockyards in their prime than any other place in the nation. "The commission firms flourished acting as agents for the producers who sent their cattle into the city to be sold," remembered Barnes. "The 80 acres of pens, chutes, and buildings hummed with activity."

For about 120 years, the Sioux City Stockyards survived flooding, financial crunches, and other disaster, all the while providing opportunities for producers, businessmen, and all those looking for opportunity.

"It is through this event the consignors and organizers hope to keep the spirit of the Sioux City Stockyards alive as we too make the journey to the river to market the produce of the area's cattle herds," said Barnes.

Arrival of the cattle will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. Contact person at the sale facility is John Barnes, phone 712-229-1226.

Sale Day phones include Bob Barnes, 712-229-0572; and Conover Auction Service cell phones, 515-491-8078, and 515-491-1335.

The "Old Stockyards Heritage Days" and Barnes National Bull Riding Challenge will also feature cattle judging, vendors, and fun for the whole family Jan. 22-24 at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena at 401 Gordon Drive.

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