Rodeo brings crowd to town
Estherville will be growing by a pretty good spurt when the Iowa Junior High and High School Rodeo comes to town next Saturday and Sunday May 3-4 at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Estherville.
Events include girls and boys cutting Saturday with the rest of the events both days. Those include breakaway roping, calf roping, ribbon roping, steer wrestling, saddle broncs, barebacks, chute doggin, team roping, bull riding, barrel racing and in the second arena, goat tying and pole bending.
After getting rained out in 2013, the Iowa Junior High and High School Rodeo will be back in town next weekend.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Preschool children are admitted free.
Cutting gets underway 8 a.m. Saturday with the full rodeo at 11:30. Barrels start off Sunday's events at 7:30 with the rodeo at 9:30.
The concession stand will be open both days, hosted by the Estherville Saddle Club which is putting on the rodeo.
Emmet County Saddle Club board member Brent Shatto, always a familiar face at the rodeo every year, observes that it's a year-long job to prepare for the rodeo which has been in Estherville for about 30 years.
And it's not an easy job, either.
Club members have the task of preparing the grounds, setting up the arenas and cleanup - none of which is easy. The club also hires the stock contractor, Marty Barnes of Cherokee.
Shatto said there's lots of business that comes to town with the rodeo, with contestants and their families patronizing local restaurants and motels.
"It's a great thing for the city of Estherville," said Shatto, who also recognizes the contributions of sponsors.