This year's Cherokee Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo will host for the third time the Exceptional Rodeo on Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. in the Cherokee Arena. In years past this event has an average of 15-25 handicapped individuals who participated and this year the organizers are anticipating more.
Megan Pigott of Cherokee has been one of the organizers of this event. If the Pigott name sounds familiar it's because she was the 2004 Miss Rodeo Iowa. She graduated from Buena Vista University and is currently an eighth-grade teacher at Cherokee Middle School.
During her reign she represented Iowa at rodeo events across the state and the nation. She noticed that several rodeos had exceptional rodeo events and she thought that the same kind of event would go over well here in Cherokee.
Pigott is very excited about this year's event. There will be horse rides, dummy calf roping, a mechanical bull, goat tying and a cowboy meet and greet. Plus, plenty of animals and this year's participates will receive a free cowboy hat and a free bandana.
Volunteers make the event possible. For example, the Cherokee Calvary 4-H club, Cherokee Lions Club and individuals like Wayne Woolridge and many other helpers who dropped off trophies for the participants last year and many random people always show up at ask "what can I do"
Pigott suggested that everyone be signed up as soon as possible, but if people show up on June 5, no one will be turned away.
Exceptional Rodeo The Cherokee Arena--a free event for all children and adults with special needs. Participants will get to experience a real-life horse ride, work on their "bull riding" skills, learn to rope and meet rodeo queens and real cowboys.
If you have any questions you may call Megan Pigott at 229-2551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.