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July 13, 2014

Fairview Wranglers Rodeo celebrates 50 years

ENID, Okla. — Fairview Wranglers Rodeo will mark 50 years later this month.

The annual event is set for July 25 and 26 at the Fairview rodeo arena.

“A lot of people can’t say that they’ve gone 50 years, consecutive, having a rodeo. I think it will be a neat deal, everybody coming back, as far as the past queens and princesses that haven’t been back to Fairview in forever,” Fairview Wranglers President Joe Johnson said. “I know for a fact that there’s people that live far away that are planning on coming back this year.”

All 49 past rodeo queens have been invited to attend.

Winners of the rodeo princess competition — which began in the 1990s — also have been invited to attend.

Gates will open both days at 6 p.m., with the rodeo beginning at 8 p.m.

Festivities will include the announcement of this year’s queen and princess on July 25.

Queen contestants, ages 13 to 24, and princess contestants, ages six to 12, have to meet certain criteria, including selling so many dollars worth of tickets, riding a pattern and participating in an interview and dress process.

A parade will form at the rodeo arena at 9:30 a.m. on July 26. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and proceed from the south side of Main to State Road, before traveling east.

Johnson said the parade still is open for participants.

“There’s a parade every year, we’re just trying to make it bigger,” he said.

To participate, call Johnson at (580) 744-1498.

This year’s parade marshal was the first rodeo queen, Johnson said.

There will be events in downtown Fairview from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26, he said.

Events will include live music, sidewalk sales, a barbecue cookoff contest, a gunfight show and a hunting and fishing expo.

The rodeo will kick off that evening with a skydiver.

A rodeo dance will be held at the fair building at 9:30 p.m., with the One Track Mind band providing the music. Admission to the dance is $8.

There will be a calf scramble and “mutton bustin” for children both nights of the rodeo. Johnson said there will be just 20 entries accepted each night for the mutton bustin event.

The rodeo is an open rodeo.

Entries into the rodeo will be accepted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 21. To enter, call (405) 308-6433.

While open today, the rodeo has had different sanctions throughout the years.

Johnson said sanctions have included Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, International Professional Rodeo Association, Texas Cowboy Rodeo Association and Kansas Professional Rodeo Association.

“We enjoy being open. It seems like you get more people to come,” he said. “They don’t have to pay dues.”

Advance tickets to the rodeo are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the gate will be $8 for adults and $6 for children.

For more information, call Johnson at (580) 744-1498.

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