NEK Rodeo set for next weekend

It’s time to don your hats and boots and head out to the 64th annual Northeast Kansas Rodeo, set for Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, at the Sabetha Rodeo Grounds.

The weekend rodeo activities will kick off with the Rodeo Parade – sponsored by the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce.

The Kids’ Bicycle Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, followed by the main parade starting at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Tried and True — Sabetha’s 64th Annual Rodeo.”

All children are invited to decorate their bikes and other items, and ride in the Kids Parade. Any children who ride in the parade will receive a free ticket to the rodeo, courtesy of the Sabetha Kiwanis Club.

For the main parade, line-up process will begin at 5 p.m. Regular sized floats should enter from the south on Oregon Street, with entries signing up at 13th and Virginia streets. Large equipment should enter from the north. All floats must be registered and in place by 5:45 p.m. to be judged. Floats will be judged according to theme, use of color, originality, design and general appearance. Floats will receive a ribbon, award certificate and Chamber Gift Bonds as follows: first place, $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

After the parades, the Sabetha Saddle Club welcomes all rodeo fans to the 64th annual Northeast Kansas Rodeo, starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under 3 are free.

The rodeo will include steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, break-away, team roping, bareback riding, barrel racing, amateur saddle bronc, saddle bronc riding and over-40 calf roping.

Entertainment events include rodeo clown, stick horse race — children ages 7 years and under need to bring their own stick horse — and boot scramble for 8-to-12-year-olds.


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