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Riggins Rodeo starts Saturday


The Riggins Rodeo marked its 66th year as well as the start of the local rodeo season last weekend, May 3-4, with regulars ranging hundreds of miles to compete for the prize money. Pictured is Richard Lion of Homedale tussling with “Miss Riggins” during last Sunday’s saddle bronc.

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The Riggins Rodeo marked its 66th year as well as the start of the local rodeo season last weekend, May 3-4, with regulars ranging hundreds of miles to compete for the prize money. Pictured is Richard Lion of Homedale tussling with “Miss Riggins” during last Sunday’s saddle bronc.



RIGGINS — The kids’ stick horse race is back and there’s plenty of action for the adults this weekend, too. Grand marshall Patty Solberg, queen Bella Klapprich and princess Ryan Simonson will be on hand for the 67th annual Riggins Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. With shows at 1:30 p.m. MT each day, the area’s first rodeo of the season is set to feature a full slate of cowboys, cowgirls, horses and cattle – and, with luck, some good weather.

Admission for adults is $10, $5 for children ages 7-12 and kids ages six and younger enter free. The rodeo features eight main events: ranch bronc, saddle bronc, calf roping, team roping, bull riding, bareback riding, wild cow milking and open barrel racing. Open junior boys steer riding and local girls barrel races (limited to girls of Idaho County, Lewis County and the Long Pin Conference) will also be held. The stick horse race is set for noon on Sunday.

Sunday morning’s cowboy breakfast will be 6-10 a.m. MT at the Riggins Community Center (former IOOF Hall) just behind Crump’s Chevron. Parade is at 11 a.m. MT Sunday.

Rodeo treasurer-secretary Joni Shepherd noted the number of ranch bronc riders is up from last year’s count – that event’s first year in Riggins. That’s in addition to 28 barrel racers and 28 bulls – up four from last year.

The rodeo grounds feature improved bleachers, a new ticket booth, and special parking for elderly or handicapped attendees.

“Folks should be sure to stop at the ticket booth,” Shepherd said. “We’ve changed it to just have one central ticket booth at the south end.”



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