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Coming to get ya - painting by Lanie Frick
35 years as a stop on the rodeo road
Submitted by Marilyn Knutson
For 35 years cowboys and cowgirls have brought their riding talents to Licking. This stop is one of many they make through the year as they try to qualify for championships. Some try to make it to the National Finals in Las Vegas and others the Circuit Finals which will elevate the top two to the National Circuit Finals each spring in Kissimmee, Fla.
March 21-24 found many familiar faces to Licking in Kissimmee competing for their circuit. A circuit can be compared to a region in other sports.
Jesse Pope, a bareback bronc rider from Marshall, competed and was 81st on his first horse. He recalled last year’s Licking Rodeo, where on Friday night he placed on a great horse. Jesse is hoping for the same outcome this year, with some cooperation from Mother Nature with dry ground. He is a college sophomore, leading the college region and the national standings in Bareback Riding. The week after he competes at Licking, he will head to Casper, Wyo. for the College Nationals with dreams of a gold buckle.
Other competitors from our circuit, the Great Lakes Circuit, that did well and we need to watch for include: Payden Emmett from Ponca, Ark. and Iceman Miller from Mauston, Wis. These team ropers caught their steer in both performances and semi-finals to take them to the final four where they placed third. Some barrel racers that were also in the money included Lacinda Rose from Willard, who is currently in the National standings and Kricket Gintner from Eau Claire, Wis., who also placed third in the Final Four.
This year we will be having a 50/50 drawing at the rodeo each night; tickets are $1 for 1 and $5 for 6 with the winning ticket drawn toward the end of the evening. Four people will be walking around selling tickets, with an estimated amount being announced as the “pot” grows. Will you be the lucky WINNER?
The Rodeo will be May 30, 31, and June 1 at 7 p.m. each night. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with mutton busters signing up by 6:15 p.m.; they must be 8 and under and less than 55 lbs. Tickets at the gate are $15 for Adults, 12 & up, and $7 for Kids 6-11. Advance tickets are being sold at City Hall and JL Friends Lumber. Advance tickets are $12 for Adults and Kids $6.
Thursday kids 11 & under are free; special events include a large screen TV will be given away, sponsored by Rinne’s Tire Pro, and at intermission the Licking FFA takes on the Salem FFA in a Tug-of-War.
Friday is Military Night as we honor all branches of the military in our opening ceremony. Children five-years-old and under are invited to participate in the goat scramble during intermission.
Saturday downtown activities will find families having fun before the 2 p.m. parade, an event to which the kids always look forward.
Saturday is Pink Night; wear your pink to show support for women’s cancer research. The calf scramble for kids ages 6-11 will be during intermission and another big screen TV will be given away, sponsored by Cable America.
We will have a beautiful quilt that will be raffled off; tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, available at the rodeo. Proceeds will go to the Chamber to keep all the activities going. The quilt is made and donated by Restorative Justice. Look for tickets being sold downtown on Saturday.
Stay tuned for more PRCA Rodeo information in the weeks to come.


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