Stampede to feature speciality act, 520 contestants

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By Peg Wunder

Bruce Brekke, representing the Rodeo Association, briefed Rotarians about the 67th Annual Sitting Bull Stampede on Monday, July 25.  Dean Tisdall is the president and Michele Harrison is the vice president of the Association.
This year there are 520 contestants. Some of the entry numbers are 17 in the bareback riding, 34 in the saddle bronc riding and 51 in the bull riding.  Bruce stated that “this year contenders are coming from 22 states and Canada to compete.”
Specialty events this year will include a motorcycle group, Pro Tour FMX, who do daredevil feats on their cycles.  Back again this year is the Tough Enough to Wear Pink promotion that is being partnered with Mobridge Regional Hospital and the New Hope Foundation.  This promotion is in its fifth year and is very popular.  Pink My Steer will not be featured this year.  Instead there will be a Kamikaze for Cancer event with members of the Rodeo Association volunteering to see which four can raise the most money from containers with their photos on them that have been placed in the stores.  The four who raise the most money and are the “winners” will compete in the cowhide surfing during the rodeo and the four “losers” will have jobs or duties to perform during the rodeo.  Yard signs, pink coolers, koozies, hats and seat cushions are also for sale.   Raffle tickets are being sold on a set of spurs with Jack Bushbom’s name on one side and Mobridge Rodeo Association on the other.  Tickets are available from various rodeo association members.  The rodeo board has been planning and getting acts through 2016.  Acts are booked more than one or even two years in advance.
The grandstand at the rodeo grounds needed some repair and in the process it was decided to put in a two-tier deck on the east end of the bleachers.  This year the 200th will be invited to use the area on the evening of the 4th of July.  In future years groups will be able to rent the area for their group.
Michele Harrison reported that as of Monday noon there were 50 entries for the parade.  John Rothstein stated that the Rotary/American Legion float appears to be in good shape and is ready for the parade.  Rothstein reported that Harley Overseth will pull the float both days.  Jan Sayler will be asking the 2012 Mobridge representatives to Boys state and Girls state to ride the float both days.
Chairman Mark Dady requested that a bill for $l32 to Kohman, Bierschbach and Anderson be paid.  This bill was for preparation of tax forms and was approved unanimously.
Dady thanked the officers, Patti Feiock, treasurer, and Peg Wunder, secretary for making his job as chairman easier.  Harley Overseth will be president as of July l.
A few more servers are needed for Eureka on July 7.  Anyone willing to help out in serving lines that day should contact John Badgely or Jesse Konold.
Dennis Schnabel was present to claim the 50/50 pot.  Rotary will not meet next week, July 2, but will be meeting again on July 9 at noon at the Moose Club.

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