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Thursday, Friday big rodeo nights this Border Days

Flag carrier Katie Marek-- Rodeo July 2

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Flag carrier Katie Marek-- Rodeo July 2

— The headcount is a bit lower than recent years, but the Border Days Rodeo will boast about 230 pros and about 300 total contestants including the local team roping, local barrel racing and the brand new “Mini Bulls” event, organizer Brad Arnzen said.

The 2018 Grangeville Border Days Rodeo is set to open at 6 p.m. July 4 and continue with performances Thursday and Friday nights. The Thursday and Friday night rodeos will be bigger than the July 4 show, because competitors can win quite a bit more at Independence Day pro rodeos in Oregon — St. Paul, Wallowa and Eugene.

Arnzen pointed out that for many who participate during regular years, performing on weeknights would take them away from day jobs.

“Pro team roping is down a bit this year, because for a majority of those guys, it’s a hobby and they have jobs they work so they can rodeo,” Arnzen said. “But we have about six a day.”

Two of the women’s events — breakaway and barrel racing — are as full as normal — and may see prizes top $1,000.

With $2,500 in added money and about 25 competitors signed up for it, Arnzen said the rodeo’s biggest overall prize may come out of the saddle bronc event.

The Border Days Committee put up a total of $13,800 added money this year — and last.

Arnzen was still accepting local barrel racing entries as of June 29, but said local team roping filled up quckly.

Slack time is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 5, with free admission. Regular admission prices are $12 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages under 6.

The rodeo is sanctioned by Idaho Cowboys Association, Pro-West, and stock is by Gold Buckle Rodeo of Roosevelt, Wash.


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