Rodeo roping into MarionPublished 6:45pm Thursday, June 13, 2013
Residents will have the opportunity to rope sheep, ride a bull and even dress a cow, as Marion hosts its 18th annual rodeo Friday and Saturday.
Held at the Ralph Eagle Memorial Arena in Marion, across from Hugh’s Used Cars, the rodeo will feature a slew of events that will be fun for families according to organizers. Jennifer Hoggle, who hosts the rodeo each year alongside her husband Robert, said she encourages everyone to come out to the rodeo, as “it will definitely be a good time.”
“We try to not just do the sanctioned rodeo events, we want to get everyone involved in the fun,” Hoggle said.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., children weighing less than 75 pounds will have the opportunity to participate in mutton busting.
“This is when the children get to ride the sheep,” Hoggle explained. “It’s a lot of fun to watch and the children all enjoy it.”
At 7:15 p.m., the rodeo will host a little wrangler’s parade in which children can ride on the back of the rodeo truck and throw beads around the arena. Then, after the flag presentation and singing of the national anthem, the rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Along with rodeo events, several vendors will also be set up around the arena, offering refreshments.
Cost for adults is $10. Children between ages 6 and 12 are $5, and children under age 5 are free. All proceeds benefit the Perry County Firefighters Crisis Fund.
“I recommend that everyone come out and wear their cowboy boots — it’s going to be a great time,” Hoggle said.