By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2010
Sponsors of the Rooster Days Rodeo, Broken Arrow Round-Up Club members will be represented in the Rooster Days Parade on Saturday morning, May 8.
This year marks the 52nd annual Rooster Days Rodeo, which will be held at the Broken Arrow Round-Up Club (BARUC) arena on Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15. The arena is located on the east side of Oneta Road just south of 101st Street, directly across the street from the Elks Lodge. The entertainment and fast action will kick off Friday, May 14 with Mutton Bustin’ at 7:15 p.m., followed by the grand entry at 8 p.m. The performance repeats at the same time Saturday night, May 15.
For the first time in over 50 years, the Rooster Days Rodeo will be sanctioned. G Money Rodeo Company will provide the livestock, and brings sanctioning by American Cowboys Rodeo Association (ACRA), Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association (CRRA) and Arkansas Rodeo Association (ARA). Immediately following the performances on Friday and Saturday, the crowd-pleasing Ring of Fear offers a thrill to participants and spectators alike. Held directly in front of the grandstand, five amateur “bullfighters” will be pitted against a fighting bull. Each person must remain in his designated circle as the bull charges, with contestants being eliminated if they leave their circle to avoid physical contact with the bull, a half-ton of athletic, angry hooves and horns. The last man standing in his circle (or lying down, as the case may be) wins at least $100. Exciting and unpredictable, you won’t want to miss the Ring of Fear or the nightly Pony Express races.
The rodeo features hard-riding cowboys and cowgirls competing in events that include saddle bronc, bareback bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, ladies’ breakaway calf roping, barrel racing and team roping. The event also spotlights junior events, which are barrel racing, mutton bustin’, and a calf scramble. Contestants may check the Broken Arrow Round-Up Club website, www.brokenarrow ruc.com, for more information. Books open Monday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for contestant registration. Local contestants accepted. Call (918) 623-3674 to register.
Tickets may be purchased at Lee’s Feed, located on 11th Street just west of 193rd East Avenue, at Smitty’s Western Store, located on Highway 51 and 111th Street South, or from any Rodeo Royalty Pageant contestant. Tickets are available through May 13 at a discounted price.
Barrel racing is always a crowd pleaser at the annual Rooster Days Rodeo in Broken Arrow. The 2010 event is scheduled for May 14 and 15.
Major sponsors of the 52nd annual Rooster Days Rodeo include Chris Nikel Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Sonic Restaurants – Broken Arrow and Lucas Metal Works.
Come out and see new Rodeo Royalty crowned. National Rodeo Royalty Pageants are for girls and women ages 4 to 25 and include Sweetheart, Princess and Miss Rodeo competitions. Saddles, tack and jewelry are some of the great awards to be presented as part of the Broken Arrow pageant. The queen's saddle is donated again this year by Parrish Horse Co. of Wagoner, OK.
You and your family are sure to enjoy the excitement, entertainment, beautiful horses and pageantry included in the Rooster Days Rodeo. Gate prices are only $6 for adults and $3 for children, with kids six years and under admitted free. Get your tickets early – advance tickets are $1 off gate prices.
Bring your family and friends to support this annual Broken Arrow tradition and enjoy two fast-paced, fun-filled nights of rodeo action. And if you’re planning on competing, “Hold on to your hat, pardner!” For more information, call Denise Dugdale at
(918) 691-1614 or email her at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.