Woodward, Okla. —
FAIRVIEW--Rodeo action will continue in the area this weekend with the 49th Annual Fairview Wrangler Rodeo.
Wayne Hubble, who has been involved with the rodeo for a number of years, said the Wrangler Rodeo "got started in '64 to promote the rodeo for kids and everybody."
Children continue to be a big focus for the rodeo. In fact, the rodeo events in Fairview will kick off on Thursday with the Kid's Pet Parade along Main St. Children are invited to bring their pets, or ride their bicycles, or just dress up in their best western outfits and join in on the fun.
"Every child that participates will get a free ticket to the rodeo," said Joe Johnson, vice president of the Fairview Wranglers Round-up Club, which sponsors the rodeo.
There will also be other prizes awarded "for things like ugliest pet, or best dressed cowboy, or best decorated bike," Johnson said.
The children will line up at 10 a.m. near Vinton Baker Ford, with the pet parade set to begin at 10:30 a.m.
Then later on Thursday, the Rodeo Queen and Princess riding competitions will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Johnson said 4 area girls will be vying for the crowns this year, and in addition to the pattern riding, the contest will also include an interview portion and a dress/appearance portion.
The princess contestants are 11-year-old Mattie Flanagan of Timberlake and 8-year-old Taylor Brooke McFarlen of Mooreland. The queen contestants are 13-year-old Cora Pheatt of Ringwood and 16-year-old Kelsey Price of Fargo.
Rodeo activities will continue Friday evening at 8 p.m., beginning with the coronation of the Rodeo Queen and Princess winners. This will be followed by some children's events, including mutton bustin' and calf scramble for children ages 6 to 12. Johnson said those wanting to participate in the mutton bustin' should arrive at the rodeo grounds early because only the first 20 children will be accepted to compete.
Then the rodeo contests will get underway, with contestants competing in bareback bronc riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, girl's barrel racing, team roping, and bull riding.
Slack will be run following the Friday night performance.
The fun will continue on Saturday with the rodeo parade, which will form at the rodeo grounds at 10 a.m. before traveling down main street. Johnson said those wanting to participate in the parade will need to show up by 10 a.m. Saturday to sign up.
The second night of rodeo action will get started at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with the children's mutton bustin' and calf scramble to be held before the adult contests.
Then following the conclusion of the rodeo contests, the rodeo dance will begin around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Major County Fairgrounds. The band One Track Mind from Enid will be performing at the dance.
Johnson said there will be a variety of additional entertainment at the rodeo both Friday and Saturday nights. This will include a mechanical bull sponsored by L&S Services and a horseback version of musical chairs, with a $50 prize offered each night to the winner, he said.
"We are also doing a $50 a night giveaway, where I will sign a page in one of the programs and the person with that program will win $50," Johnson said.
Tickets for the 49th Annual Fairview Wrangler Rodeo are available in advance at a slightly reduced rate from the rodeo queen and princess contestants. They will also be available at the gate on the night of each rodeo performance for a small additional fee.
In addition to promoting the love of the rodeo in younger generations, Hubble said another main goal of the Wrangler Rodeo and the Fairview Wranglers group itself is to "try to help the community as we can."
Hubble and Johnson said that the Fairview Wranglers support a number of charitable activities within their local community, from awarding a $500 scholarship every year to a senior from Major County to making financial donations to groups such as the Relay for Life, local sports boosters, and the auxiliary police group, the fire department, and EMS agencies in Fairview.