2011 Burke Stampede gets ready to ride July 15-17 | TSLN.com

2011 Burke Stampede gets ready to ride July 15-17

Courtesy photoOJ Heidler from Opal, SD is pictured above during the 2010 Burke Stampede Rodeo. This year the Stampede Rodeo promises to be bigger and better with a new stock contractor, Korkow Rodeos out of Pierre, SD.

The 2011 Burke Stampede Rodeo is celebrating 22 years of rip-roarin’, bronc stompin’ rodeo action July 15-17.

Festivities start with an authentic cattle drive. A herd of Longhorn cows with calves at side will be trailed from the Steve McCance Ranch, located a half mile south of Hwy. 44 and two miles west of Dixon.

Trail boss Chris Cernetisch says the group will break camp Wednesday morning July 13 and will trail as far as the Dallas arena the first day. The drive continues to Gregory on Thursday, July 14, with the Longhorns being trailed down Main Street around Noon. From there the trail leads to Burke, with the Longhorns expected to move down Main Street around 4:30 p.m., out to Hwy. 18, and then west to the Stampede Rodeo Grounds.

At the Stampede grounds Chuckwagon Cookies Scott Bartlett, Dave Steffen and company will be serving up authentic chuckwagon fare with a free-will donation. Back this year is the Stampede Idol Contest, which will serve as Thursday night’s entertainment. The judges and fans select this year’s Stampede Idol, and the winner will go on to perform each night of the Burke Stampede Rodeo Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 15-17.

Entertainment this year is sponsored by First Fidelity Banks, Farm Credit Services of America and Community Memorial Hospital to bring in the world famous, one-of-a-kind, most sought-after speciality act in the nation – The One Arm Bandit and Company, featuring Lynn Payne from Shidler, OK. Part of the act are two South Dakota-born massive buffalo named “Elivs” and “Elmer” each measuring six feet tall and weighing in at more than a ton.

“Elvis has the hairdo goin’ on and Elmo is the slow one,” Payne says. Rodeo spectators won’t want to miss the chance to see this 11-time PRCA Specialty Act of the Year. See the entertainment during all three nights of the rodeo.

Funny man Justin Rumford from Ponca City, OK will be this year’s Stampede barrel man. Rumford has performed in places from Waterloo, IA to Pasadena, TX, Wowing the crowd with motorcycle jumps, crocodile hunting and gorilla taming are just a few of the absolutely hilarious antics Rumford will share with the Stampede crowd. In addition to funny man duties, Rumford will also work in the barrel during the dangerous, but always popular, bull riding.

Friday night at the Stampede is family night, sponsored by First Fidelity Bank. The youth Mutton busting event will also be held that evening; register prior to the start of the rodeo at the office. Stampede judges will draw from a hat the young cowboys and cowgirls that get to compete.

Saturday night’s rodeo is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, and is also Modern Woodman of America night. Modern Woodman of America camp #17410 will attend the Stampede Rodeo. Thanks to their wonderful community spirit and generosity of Modern Woodman, rodeo fans can enjoy Saturday night’s fun for ‘pert-near free.

The rodeo dances will be on the rodeo grounds. Nashville recording artist Marci Mitchell and band will play for the dances Friday and Saturday nights under the big tent. Both dances are free with rodeo admission.

Following Saturday night’s rodeo performance will be the presentation of the Gloria Stevicks-Connot commemorative buckle. Gloria’s family approached the rodeo committee about this award in 2009, the year of the Stampede’s 20th celebration, to recognize an individual who most embodies the work ethic, heart and love for the cowboy way and especially the Stampede that Gloria had.

Cowboys and cowgirls participating in the rodeo will compete for points to carry home to the South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA), the Northwest Ranch Cowboy’s Association (NRCA), the Nebraska State Rodeo Association (NSRA), the Mid-States Rodeo Association (MSRA), and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). Every dollar earned is a point toward that association’s year-end championship. Over $8,600 in added prize money, donated by local businesses and individuals, will be added to the 10 events in this year’s rodeo. When added to the entry fees, the total purse will reach well over $50,000, making this year’s Stampede one of the biggest paying rodeos in the Midwest.

The Burke Stamped Rodeo is a cowboy and cowgirl favorite, having earned the SDRA Rodeo of the Year award nine times.

As in years past, rodeo goers will be treated to a ride onto the rodeo grounds aboard a wagon pulled by teams of Belgian Draft mules and beautiful matched horses.

Advance tickets are $6 ($8 at the gate). Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

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