Can’t get enough of roping and riding?

Well if more rodeo is what you want, then check out area communities this August.

Seiling’s local rodeo will actually start July 31 but will continue Aug. 1 and 2.

Events at the Seiling rodeo will include saddle bronc, bareback, roping and steer wrestling and will begin at 8 p.m. all three nights.

“Their all around cowboy saddle is an attraction,” said Joy Trammell, Seiling rodeo committee treasurer.

Anyone wanting to enter the rodeo can sign-up by calling (806) 276-5672 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Sunday.

Fun activities during the rodeo each evening include a Mutton Bustin’ competition for kids on Thursday and a calf scramble for kids on Friday. There will also be a wild cow milking contest for adults on Friday night.

In addition, there will be a number of fun activities held before the rodeo events each day such as the Little Princess contest, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 31.

At 6 p.m. on Aug. 1, the Seiling Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Mr. and Miss Bronco contest for newborns to two-year-olds and a cutest Cowboy and Cowgirl contest for children aged three- to five-years-old, Trammell said.

During these competitions, which will be held at the gazebo in Seiling, there will also be an ice cream contest, she said.

Then at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1, the rodeo queen contestants will compete in their horsemanship contest.

The Seiling rodeo parade will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 to be followed by a hot dog feed.

Waynoka will be hosting its 72nd annual Cimarron River Stampede Rodeo Aug. 7, 8, and 9.

The Stampede will kick off on Aug. 7 with the rodeo queen contest at 6:30 p.m. A rodeo princess contest will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Stampede’s rodeo events, which include popular events like team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, will begin at 8 p.m. each evening.

Since the Stampede is a TCRA sanctioned rodeo, Fuqua said those interested in participating must contact the TCRA office at (806) 276-5672 any time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 to sign up for the rodeo events.

Special events at this year’s Stampede include “Tough enough to wear pink” night on Aug. 7, where participants and audience members are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer research, Fuqua said.

Fun activities on Friday and Saturday nights include a game of musical chairs on horseback and a dance following the rodeo each night at 9 p.m. with music provided by Whiskey Moon, she said.

All events will be held at the Waynoka rodeo grounds, which are located east of Waynoka on Broadway.

The Cimarron River Stampede Rodeo continues to get bigger and better, Fuqua said.

“Our attendance and contestants have been going up,” she said. “The rodeo is really growing.”

Freedom will continue it’s tradition of hosting “the biggest open rodeo in the west” with the 71st annual Freedom Rodeo on Aug. 14, 15 and 16, said Mark Nixon, rodeo secretary, noting that rodeo events will begin at 8 p.m. each evening.

Freedom will also be continuing the legacy of its old west shoot-out, which is set for 3 p.m. on Aug. 16.

“We do it right here on Main Street,” Nixon said. “It’s a pretty good little melodrama.”

“A lot of effort goes into it,” he said, noting that the performers do their best to make everything look as realistic as possible, including “when the out law gets shot off the building.”

Besides the shoot out, rodeo celebrations on Aug. 16 will also feature a 5k fun run to start off the morning, an art show beginning at 10 a.m., and the Old Cowhand Feed at noon.

Other fun activities scheduled during the Freedom rodeo celebration include a street dance sponsored by Friends of Freedom to follow the rodeo events Aug. 14 and dances featuring the Grissleheads on Aug. 15 and 16 sponsored by American Legion Post 63 and held at the American Legion Building in Freedom.

There will also be a queen contest held at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Freedom rodeo, contact Brett Smith at (580) 621-3583. This is also the same number that participants should call between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 to sign up for rodeo events.

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