Mitchell gets ready for a rodeo

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - ANDY BADER POST­MEDIA NEWS Mitchell Ad­vo­cate

Jac­quie Mohr was 17 when she first went to the Cal­gary Stam­pede – and she’s loved the rodeo ever since.

She hopes oth­ers will catch the rodeo fever too.

The rodeo’s com­ing to Mitchell on Satur­day, June 30, and Sun­day, July 1, for two sep­a­rate shows at Keter­son Park. The Satur­day show is sched­uled for 7 p.m. while the other is set for 2 p.m. on Canada Day.

Mohr, her hus­band, Steve, and Cheri Bell are all mem­bers of the Mitchell & District Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety and thought bring­ing a rodeo to Mitchell would not only be some­thing dif­fer­ent but help spread the word on the good work done by var­i­ous com­peti­tors who have lo­cal roots.

“We love it so we thought it would fly be­cause of the lo­cal con­nec­tions,” Mohr said.

Three steer wrestlers from the Mitchell area – Tim Kemp, Matt DeWe­ter­ing and Tom Smith – are cur­rently part of the Rawhide Rodeo Com­pany, the In­ter­na­tional Pro Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion-sanc­tioned pro­duc­tion com­pany that is or­ga­niz­ing this event.

More than 200 rid­ers and par­tic­i­pants from Canada, the United States and Aus­tralia travel around the con­ti­nent for rodeos and col­lect points in var­i­ous events, such as bare­back bronc rid­ing, steer rid­ing and wrestling, sad­dle bronc rid­ing, team rop­ing, break­away rop­ing, tie-down rop­ing, bar­rel rac­ing, pole bend­ing and bull rid­ing, all for a chance to com­pete for the world cham­pi­onship later this fall.

Clowns and bull fight­ers – not the kind with capes – will also be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in what Mohr is hop­ing will be­come an an­nual event.

An­other lo­cal con­nec­tion is of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher Emily Gethke of Born­holm, who has taken some re­mark­able ac­tion photos of all things con­nected to the rodeo.

Mohr said plans be­gan in Fe­bru­ary to get the ball rolling on this rodeo, adding that Mitchell fair­go­ers have been ex­posed to the high school rodeo in the past “but this is big­ger and bet­ter.”

The event will also in­clude an age-of-ma­jor­ity Satur­day evening dance, with $10 ad­mis­sion, with open­ing act Leanne Madi­son of Mitchell, and Nellie Gor­ton of St. Marys. Coun­try band Dry County was the in­tended head­liner but re­cently broke up, so solo coun­try artist Colin Amey was se­cured as a re­place­ment.

Clowns and bull fight­ers – not the kind with capes – will also be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in what Mohr is hop­ing will be­come an an­nual event.

“We just need bums in the seats,” she summed up, say­ing the amount of spon­sor­ship from busi­nesses around the re­gion has made it all pos­si­ble. More spon­sors are al­ways wel­come, and can con­tact Mohr, Bell or the Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety for var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties. Perth County Chrysler is the pre­sent­ing sponsor.

Also of note, 25 per cent of the net pro­ceeds will go to the Strat­ford Perth Hospice.

Mut­tin’ Bustin’ for chil­dren, a chance for lo­cal young rid­ers to get in­volved, will be held dur­ing in­ter­mis­sion of the Sun­day show, and there will be chance to meet the cowboys and cow­girls, and per­haps clowns as well.

Ad­mis­sion for the two-and-ahalf hour show is $20 for adults, $10 for chil­dren six to 12 years old, and free for five and un­der.

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