61st Annual Northeast Kansas Rodeo in Sabetha

Deb) So we are back and Ron Wilson gave you a week off Frank. That was nice of him. (Frank) [Laughs] Yes. You know because we call him our Poet Lariat and people say, You do know that’s laureate? No, no. (Deb) No, no. (Frank) He’s out Poet Lariat. (Deb) Because he’s special. (Frank) He does cowboy poems. (Deb) He does poems and does them really well. We are so thrilled to have him with us. He’s such a nice man; I was teasing him down at the Western Music Association meeting when I was a guest speaker, and Ron was there and we were talking about things. He was just sitting with the group. So I head to the podium and I’m like, Why won’t you be my Facebook friend Ron? And of course you don’t know how to work it, he’s like most of my friends who live in the 19th century, he doesn’t know how to work Facebook. So I think I embarrassed him pretty good. He was, I told him how much he hurt my feelings and everything. He’s my Facebook friend now. And send Ron a friend request, let’s see how long it takes him to respond. (Frank) Yes. And I am going to completely well kind of change the subject and that is, there are a lot of songs about a lot of towns. Is there one about Sabetha that you are aware of? It’s like; I rode my horse to Sabetha… (Deb) I don’t know. (Frank) …to the Rodeo. (Deb) That’s a good start though. (Frank) There we go. (Deb) That’s a great one. Ron those are your first couple of lines. Now you just take that and go with it. So let’s visit Ron and the little town of Sabetha. (Ron) If you haven’t ever been to Sabetha, now is the time to jump in your car and head to the eastern edge of Nemaha County. The community of Sabetha has so much to offer residents and visitors. Citywide events bring plenty of opportunities for fun almost every month of the year, including the Annual Ride Across Kansas; Spring and Fall Garage Sales; the Twister Car Show in June; 4th of July Fireworks; Albany Days and the Highway 36 Treasure Hunt in September; Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Main Street, Christmas Window Opening Friday evening after Thanksgiving and Breakfast with Santa in December! But the best-known and longest running local event is the Northeast Kansas Rodeo! Not many small communities in Kansas can boast that they have held an annual rodeo for the past 60 years, but Sabetha has the honor of being one that can! This year on Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th, Sabetha will celebrate the 61st Annual Northeast Kansas Rodeo. This two-night Rodeo offers a wide range of events for cowboys and girls including Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and Break-A-Way Roping…in all over forty Calf Roping events! Plus everyone’s favorite – Bull Riding! And the rodeo clowns and pickup men and women really put on a great show that is entertaining and appropriate for the whole family! The Rodeo kicks off on July 16th with the Annual Chamber of Commerce Rodeo Parade. This fun event brings young and old alike to the Historic Main Street to see horses, floats and parade riders with candy and goodies for everyone. The kids start off this parade with their own Bike Parade, and the children who participate receive a free ticket to the rodeo from the Sabetha Kiwanis Club. On Saturday July 16 the rodeo events start at 8PM and on Sunday July 17th they start at 7PM. Admission at the Gate is $8 for adults; $6 for kids 4 to 12 and children under 3 are free. Tickets to the rodeo will go on sale beginning July 1. For information about where to purchase tickets, or how to participate in the Rodeo Parade, contact the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce at sabethachamber@gmail.com. Visitors are invited to attend the Rodeo both days. Sabetha has plenty of food and lodging for your family; an Historic Downtown to explore; one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the state; two major lakes for fishing, skiing and other water sports plus Somerset Park, a wonderful new ballpark that is also home to the Sabetha Lobos, a Summer Collegiate team. Many people and area businesses have come together over the years to make the Annual Northeast Kansas Rodeo a hugely successful event. Those 61 years hold many memories and traditions for rodeo goers. Start making memories for your family this July 16th and 17th. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it!

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