By Yvonne Dick
The Tees Rodeo is coming back for more action, entertainment, and rodeo adventure this July 30 to Aug. 1.
Starting with a free preview at 6 p.m. with rodeo slack, the first night will have a lot going on.
“It’s mostly the roping events, the odd time we’ll have a bit of rough stock. We get so many entries that we almost have to have another performance so it’s just about a full performance but there won’t be as many of the rough stock that day. There’ll be roping and barrel racing and that kind of thing,” says Cody Meston, rodeo organizer. “Having the free preview helps to shorten the amount of roping and barrel racing entries for the remainder of the rodeo.”
During the rodeo there are generally eight to 10 entries per event. Bronc and bull riding are given 25-30 entries. With a two-head average, each rider gets two horses or bulls to ride and the score is averaged. This works well, Meston says, if the first ride ends up being a scratch.
Entertainment includes a concession, free camping, live bands Still Water, Amber Williams, and Rooster in a Hen House as well as beer gardens and the infield acts wild cow milking and wild horse racing, miniature chuck wagon races, the 35th annual Wild Ride and more.
During the Wild Ride, cowboys will do all sorts of crazy things while riding a horse. “They might wear old sheepskin chaps, or have two riders on one horse, it’s almost a trick riding type event,” Meston said. “It’s a lot of fun and very entertaining.”
The miniature chuckwagon event takes place on what else – miniature ponies. “We have three rigs of chuckwagons and ponies going at a time in the infield during the evening performance,” Meston said.
The Pony Express event is based on the old mail delivery system, where riders must start on the ground, ride the course switching horses three times, while keeping track of the set of mailbags.
“They have two or three times at once going so there is lots of action going on…coming into the infield back to the team they have to go around a barrel and sometimes when you’ve run a horse around the track they don’t really want to turn back in there,” laughs Meston.
Adult admission for adults is $7, children aged seven to12 are $5, and under seven are admitted free.
“We try to keep it affordable for everyone, and there will be lots of entertainment,” Meston said.
Entries for events close July 21.” For more information call 403- 747-2928.