City ready for annual celebration
Traditions will unfold as families, friends, classmates and visitors gather in Mobridge starting today (Wednesday) for the annual Sitting Bull Bull Stampede and celebration.
Hundreds of hours of volunteer work will culminate in the presentation of a legendary rodeo, parades and carnival wrapped around family and class reunions.
It is the time of year in Mobridge when area residents celebrate the Declaration of Independence with a traditional celebration featuring parades, picnics, days at the lake and fireworks.
Wednesday, July 2 is Kid’s Night at the celebration with Mac’s Carnival bringing in five new rides to entertain the crowds. The new rides include the Old Mac Tractor ride, Antique Car and Motorcycle ride, Deano-a-Dino, Tempest and the Volkswagens ride.
On Wednesday all rides are reduced by one ticket from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Rodeo tickets are half price for kids under 12 years old.
This year, instead of the usual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, the Mobridge Rodeo Association will be raising money for a different cause, the ranchers’ relief fund.
The Badlands Circuit, which is a group of PRCA-sanctioned rodeos in North Dakota and South Dakota, is challenging all of the PRCA rodeos in the area to raise money for victims of winter storm Atlas that hit in western South Dakota this past fall. The money raised by each rodeo association will be presented to those affected by the storm. Each rodeo within the Circuit will have one person attend the finals to present the money their association raised.
In order to raise money, the MRA has decided to have a pass the hat sort of donation system. They will announce on the nights of the rodeo about the Rancher Relief fund and the cause. There will be jars and donation centers located at various places on the rodeo grounds including at the concessions stands and ticket booths.
Another treasured tradition is the Sitting Bull Stampede parade on July 3 and 4 at 4 p.m. The MRA has pushed for a move back to the days of old with more float entries in the parade. Hopefully their appeal to area residents will bring back the tradition of the beautiful, colorful floats as part of both parades.
Klein Museum will present the annual Living History (see story on page 3) on Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4, at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. This year will be the seventh annual Living History event and the theme is the “Tales of the Rails.”
The anchor of the celebration is the rodeo with three performances nightly beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Rodeo fans are in for a treat with this year’s specialty act at the Sitting Bull Stampede. Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo was selected to entertain Stampede’s fans with a daring and exciting performance.
Kenny Bartram, a freestyle motocross champion, has appeared on several popular television programs including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and 60 Minutes. He has also made appearances in several music videos for country stars such as Chris Cagle and Florida Georgia Line as well as a brief appearance in the movie Fantastic Four.
There are eight riders including Bartram, each with their own extensive background. Some of the riders have have been professional riders for more than five years and a few longer than that.
Each night cowboys and cowgirls from across the country will compete in saddle bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
On the final night of the rodeo, which is July 4, there will be a fireworks display after it is over.
There will also be two dances at Wrigley Square to help raise funds for the Mobridge Outdoor Pool project on Thursday and Friday night.
– Katie Zerr, Sara Bertsch –