Outside Circle: Ranch rodeo at Union Center, Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy, Labor Day doings, Sugar Bars sale | TSLN.com

Outside Circle: Ranch rodeo at Union Center, Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy, Labor Day doings, Sugar Bars sale

School is starting soon and once again the mystery of "what happened to summer" has not been solved. I remember as a kid that it actually went by faster as I so dreaded going back to school. There was never a day of school that I wouldn't have preferred mouthing and bagging cocklebur ewes all day. I'm glad most kids enjoy school more than I did. I suppose I would have liked it more if there'd been fewer kids and more livestock.

Coming up on Aug. 14 is the Cammack's Rancher Roundup ranch rodeo. Held at beautiful Union Center, S.D., the calcutta will be at 1 p.m. with the ranch rodeo beginning at 1:30. There will be four events for the rodeo teams with free mutton busting between events for kids under 50 pounds. Of course, that evening will be the free steak fry at Cammacks at 5 and then a dance featuring the music of Badger Horse starting at 6:30. It's always a grand time with lots of good visiting involved.

The Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy rough stock rodeo at Hulett, Wyo. will be August 27. There will be barebacks, saddle broncs, bulls and ranch broncs. Entries are open now and through Aug. 23. Call Taylor at 307-290-2273 to get your name on the list to test your skills against the tough Burch stock.

Sept. 4-6 will be a busy weekend at Newell, S.D. On Saturday will be the ranch rodeo. The calcutta will be held at 12:30 with the event starting at 1 p.m. The Fireman's BBQ will be held that evening from 5-7. On Sunday is the Coy Price Memorial Roping at the Newell rodeo grounds. It's an enter at 9, rope at 10 deal. On Labor Day, the rodeo slack will be at 8 a.m., then the parade at 10. At 12:30 the queen coronation will be held, then the rodeo will start at 1 p.m. Of course, the 58th World Championship Sheep Teepeeing contest will be held during the rodeo performance. If you want to get in the rodeo or the sheep teepeeing, you need to call Cheyenne at 605-515-1137. We will be having a memorial tribute to my Dad, Bill Swan, at the start of the rodeo.

Also on Labor Day weekend will be the 28th Don King Days at the Big Horn Equestrian Center, Big Horn, Wyo. Big Horn is about 12 miles southwest of Sheridan, if that helps you. There will be polo on the 4th starting at 11 a.m., then the calcutta for the steer roping and saddle broncs at 12:30. The steer roping out on the grass in a pasture will begin after that. Also on the docket for that afternoon is the old traditional snub 'em up to saddle 'em saddle bronc riding. It gets pretty exciting as both events are in the open and the crowd is essentially the fence around it! On Labor Day Monday there will be more steer roping and saddle broncs starting at 11 a.m. You can check out the full schedule of events at http://www.donkingdays.com.

The Sugar Bars Legacy Futurity and Sale will be Sunday, Sept. 18 at Sheridan, Wyo. There will be top quality horses of all ages with a dandy set of weanlings included. For information about the futurity call Art McDonald at 406-477-6441. For a catalog or information on the sale, call LeRoy Wetz at 605-347-8120. The catalog is on-line at http://www.sugarbarslegacy.com.

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The Sidney Saddle Club Shine The Light Benefit will be held Sept. 17-18 at Sidney, Mont. There will be 3D poles, kids and open, plus 3D barrels, peewees to seniors, plus a 4D barrel race too. There will also be slot races on the 18th. There's $4000 added overall. They're also welcoming vendors for the event. You can check it all out at http://www.sidneysaddleclub.org/Shinethelightbenefit.php.

The Northern Bull Riding Tour Finals will be Friday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Yellow Rose Arena in Platte, S.D. Tickets are on sale now and you can get some by calling Loni Stirling at 605-842-6077.

Well, that about winds up my circle for the week. I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events. I'll definitely be at Newell on Labor Day for my Dad's memorial. That empty saddle is going to a tough one. It will probably make my eyes water. I'll bet I won't be the only one.