Horse ownership not required to enjoy Progress Days rodeo

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000

This year's Progress Days Rodeo will be a fun event for the whole family with events to please everyone.

"I think this is going to be a really fun thing," said rodeo organizer Paula Lovett. "And you don't have to own a horse to participate."

Events will include barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, a three-legged race and a sack race. The "chicken scramble" event will feature fowl play for the young, starring a real chicken.

"You try to tie a ribbon on the chicken," said Lovett." It's kind of fun because the chicken always flies out of the arena, and someone has to toss it back."

The hide race involves a cow hide, tied behind a horse and dragged through the arena, with the prize awarded to the contestant who can stay on the longest. Usually a children's' event, it will be offered this year for big people, too. But don't wear your best clothes for this one.

"You don't realize how much dirt you can eat until you're down there on the ground," said Lovett.

Don't wear your best duds for the tug-of-war, either. Lovett said there will be a pool of pudding stationed between the two teams, and the losers will get pulled into it.

Events especially for the little ones will include a midway, face painting, a sawdust pile, ring toss and fish pond games, held by the Boy Scouts and 4-H Club.

The rodeo will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The gate fee is $3, with kids under the age of 5 free; $10 will admit a whole family.

Stick around after the events for the finger-licking barbecue.

The dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at the rodeo grounds under a tent, provided by Unocal in case of rain. A new dance floor guarantees prime conditions. Southern Comfort will provide live music. Cover charge for the dance will be $5 per person.

"Even though it just poured last year we had the best time," said Lovett.

For more information, call Lovett at 283-7674.

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