It’s about time to dust off the cowboy boots and find the biggest cowboy hat possible.
The annual Isanti Firefighters Professional Rodeo will be held July 11-12 this year in conjunction with the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days celebration. Rodeo performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. both nights at the Isanti Rodeo Grounds, 500 Third Ave., Isanti.
This is the 38th year of the rodeo, said Isanti Firefighters Rodeo Association Chairman Tom Pagel.
“We had grandparents that were teenagers when the rodeo first started,” Pagel said. “It’s been gratifying for me to see the Fire Department guys and gals come together.”
This year, there will be six new firefighters helping out at the festivities.
Fans are expected in droves, but there is still a small selection of preferred seating available, Pagel said. For more information or reservations for preferred seating, call Marc at 612-669-2326 or email [email protected]
Advance general admission tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Admission is free for children 3 and under. Advance ticket sales terminate July 11. Tickets can be purchased online under the “rodeo section” at www.isantifiredistrict.org. Tickets at the gate are $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 4-12 and free for children under 3. General admission tickets can also be purchased by calling 763-464-2508 and are available at many local businesses.
Rodeo tickets also include free admission to the rodeo dances following the rodeo performances. Sterns County 17 will be performing Friday night and The Killer Hayseeds Saturday night.
Busting some chops, tying some goats
The rodeo starts at 6:30 p.m. this year, but the fun begins at 6 p.m. with some Mutton Bustin’ for children 5 and older and more than 55 pounds. Preregistering is recommended, and with parent or guardian permission, children can do so by clicking on the sheep in the rodeo section of the Isanti Firefighters website or by calling 763-464-2508.
The local 4-H chapter will also host goat tying activities at 5:30 p.m.
Picket Pro Rodeo Company and subcontractor J Bar J Rodeo return again this year. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association announcer Tim Fuller says Robbie Hodges is always a hit at the rodeo. He also says to expect a great bucking stock.
Both companies have PRCA stock in the rodeo that are nationally recognized, including a few that participate in the National Finals Rodeo.
Some of these acts will be here July 11-12:
- Bull riding – Nick Bartz (Isanti).
- Bareback – Heath Ford (Slocum, Texas); Brian Leddy (Roll, Oklahoma).
- Female Barrel racing – Jolene Loiseau (Colman, South Dakota).
All proceeds go toward improvements to the Isanti Fire District. Since its inception, the rodeo has raised upwards of $1.3 million for equipment and new buildings, Pagel said.