News and notes from the rodeo trail: May 21
• The original Western WishesTM, founded in 1994 by Donnalyn Quintana, is hosting a gala event during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo at the Little America Hotel and Event Center in Cheyenne, WY, on July 21. It will be an 8 Seconds movie cast reunion, dinner, live entertainment, and private screening of the What Will You Say? Western Wishes music video. Tickets went on sale May 16. For more information, visit http://www.westernwishes.org
• Even though it’s not rodeo time, the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo committee was hard at work a week ago, readying the Triangle Y Camp at Garrison, ND, for the summer. Each year, over Mother’s Day weekend, the Y’s Men hold a “work weekend” in which 60 or 70 men come to Garrison and spend three days working on the camp. They determine 15-20 projects that need to be done before the arrival of the 1,200 children who will go through the camp for the summer. The men buy about $15,000 in repair materials, with money raised at their annual rodeo. And they invest their own talents, too. “In the Y’s Men, there are electricians, plumbers, and other trades, and they all help with the work,” said YMCA executive director Roger Mazurek. The Triangle Y camp, on the shores of Lake Sakakawea, benefits greatly from the help provided by the Minot Y’s Men. “If we had to pay for the things they do, we wouldn’t be in existence,” Mazurek said. “Camps run $600 to $700 a week for a child. Our fee is $350. Really, what they do for us throughout the year is underwrite every child who goes to camp.”
• The Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, SD, is kicking off its July 2-4 rodeo with a Legends of Rodeo stage show on the rodeo grounds. It will feature five-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bruce Ford, four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Marvin Garrett, his brother, 1996 World Champion Bareback Rider Mark Garrett, and other top competitors telling stories about their experiences going up and down the rodeo road.