July 24 celebration on tap for mid July

Going for the count in the saddle bronc event at the Pioneer Days Rodeo last year in Lyman. COURTESY FILE PHOTO/Jana Officer

Let’er buck!

LYMAN —The July 24th celebration looms in the near future, with the Ranch Rodeos on July 19-20.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Ranch rodeos. The rodeos were changed at that time to a ranch rodeo which features contests utilized by the working cowboys on ranches to see who was the ‘toughest and best’ in their everyday work. This year’s rodeos will feature new events along with standard rodeo events like ribbon roping, team sorting and stock saddle bronc riding. Buckles will be given in all events.

According to rodeo chairman Joe Hickey, due to the earlier time, the call for entries has been moved up. For cowboys and cowgirls interested in competing in the JR Rodeo on July 17, they need to have their entries in by July 11-15, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kelsea Hill is in charge of the entries. She can be reached at 307-248-0105.

Entries for the Ranch Rodeos can be submitted to Krysta Bowers at 307-780-8808 or to Ruth Sawyer at 307-780-5320.

And, as with all rough-riding arena rodeo-events, there is a queen contest to select royalty to reign over the rodeos. The queen contest will be July 15, 6:30 p.m., at the Lyman Rodeo Arena.

The divisions for the contest are Queen, 14-18 years; Jr Queen, 10-13 years; Princess, 6-9 years. All ages must be valid as of Jan. 1, 2019. The contest requires a $15 entry fee. Contestants will be judged on horsemanship, personality and an impromptu question.

To enter the queen contest, contact Staci Powell by July 13, 307-780-7812.

More information on the celebration will follow, according to Hickey.

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