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July 13, 2014

It's Rodeo Week

Cattle drive kicks off events

Woodward, Okla. — There are big events and there are Big events.

Then, you have the BIG event.

It's year 84 for the Woodward Elks Rodeo, one of the major summer stops along the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Circuit.

Each year hundreds of rodeo competitors and thousands of fans head to Crystal Beach Stadium for both the rodeo and accompanying events like dances, parades and more.

Activity begins on Tuesday with the annual Longhorn Cattle Drive from the Chain Ranch north of Woodward to the rodeo grounds at Crystal Beach.

The Longhorns will come down 9th Street from the north then turn and work their way along Main Street as folks line up to watch.

Rodeo activity starts Tuesday night with the slack, which is the overflow of contestants that don't' fit into the 2-hour performance each night.

Admission is free and often some of the top performers are in the slack, which starts at 6 p.m. at the stadium.

On Wednesday, everyone gathers at Centennial Park for the Main Street free hamburger feed which starts around 11 a.m. The Texaco Country Showdown will also be going on during the hamburger feed.

Then, the first performance of the rodeo kicks off with kids events like mutton bustin' and calf scramble at 7:30 p.m., prior to the opening of the gates for the Grand Entry at 8 p.m.

The same schedule is followed for all four performances r inning through Saturday.

Wednesday, though, is also Kids Night and several bikes will be given away.

On Thursday, a free barbecue dinner (with your rodeo ticket) will be served starting around 6 p.m.

On Friday, there will be a free hamburger feed (with your rodeo ticket) again starting around 6 p.m.

Saturday is the Chuck Wagon Cookoff starting about 6 p.m. and chuckwagons compete for customers to see who wins the cookoff.

For those inclined to dance, three of the four nights offer one.

On Wednesday, Jason Savory will perform at the Elks Lodge starting around 10 p.m.

Friday's dance at the fairgrounds just across the street from the stadium, features Redneck Brown and the Fresh Water Donkeys along with Reckless Kelly. Things get started at 10 p.m.

Saturday's dance, also at 10 p.m., offers Redneck Brown followed by Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

This year's rodeo entertainer is Gizmo McCracken who has worked rodeos across the world including the National Finals and Cheyenne Frontier Days.

The specialty act is John Payne, the One-Armed Bandit, who is only a 12-time Specialty Act of the Year winner.

Bullfighters are Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell and the announcer is Charlie Throckmorton.

Also featured each night are the Stagecoach Ranch and Bobby Reid, who skydives in with the American Flag.

As usual, Beutler & Son are the stock contractors and rodeo producers.

For ticket information call 256-8202 or the ticket offense is open Monday through Saturday on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional information is also available by going to www.woodwardelksrodeo.com.

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