By Frank J. Buchman
Working ranch cowboys from several Midwestern states are set to converge on Council Grove, Kansas, the most historic community right on the original Santa Fe Trail.
“It’s the 30th annual Santa Fe Trail Ranch Rodeo, Friday and Saturday evenings, July 8-9, in the arena east of Council Grove, just off Highway 56, beginning at 7 o’clock,” announced Clay Wilson, president of the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association (MCYRA), rodeo sponsor.
Highlight of this year’s 30th anniversary of the oldest ranch rodeo in Kansas will be a special show by cowboy singer Ned LeDoux, son of the legendary Chris LeDoux, on Friday evening.
“We’re so excited to have Ned entertain as a climax of the first performance, and in recognition of the continuation and growth of our rodeo featuring real cowboys,” Wilson said.
Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association (WRCA), the competition will feature ranch teams each represented by four working ranch cowboys. Events are to include wild cow milking, stray gathering, team penning, calf branding and ranch bronc riding.
Points from both evenings’ performances will be totaled, and the top team is automatically qualified for the WRCW Finals later this year in Amarillo, Texas.
A fundraising snack shack is to be operated by the MCYRA both evenings.
The MYRA Summer Junior Ranch Rodeo, with three-member teams made up of cowboys and cowgirls, 13 years of age and under, is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 9, at 10 o’clock.
Events are team penning, ribbon roping, and calf branding. Entries can be made by calling Wilson at 785-466-1359, and will also be accepted the day of the rodeo.
The Morris County Youth Rodeo Association has also scheduled the annual MCYRA Youth Rodeo, Saturday, Aug. 6, 6 p.m.
Annual MCYRA Invitational Fall Ranch Rodeo, is Sunday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m., with a Junior Ranch Rodeo, that day, at 10 a.m.
Details for all activities can be found at www.mrcoyouthrodeo.com.