Lake Chelan Rodeo: Broncs, bulls and bruises

The Shadow Bay Belgians from Watson’s Havarene Resort started the Grand Entrance for both Friday and Saturday night’s festivities.

Team Roping participants Clint Maier of Merritt, BC and Cole Bailey of Pritchard, BC.

Chickens and children ran amuck during the “World Famous” Chicken Race.

Bareback Riding participant, Cash Kerner of Kelowna, BC.

Tie-Down Roping participant, Chance Stucker of Oroville, Wash.

Junior Miss Cle Elum Roundup Queen Chloe Brown (right) and Appleatchee Queen Tia Ragan (left) assisted with the roping events by herding calves out of the arena.

Saddle Bronc Riding participant Christoph Muigg of Hazelton, BC.

Eric Roberts, 7, of Chelan was dressed in true rodeo clown spirit while enjoying the festivities with family.

Rodeo Clown Kyle Bode demonstrates his idea for laundry on the go.

Barrel Racing participant Taylor Schneider of Hedley, BC.

The Lake Chelan Rodeo kicked off with Family Night, Friday, August 4 at Chelan Rodeo Grounds. The night was filled with participants from as far away as Arizona and British Columbia, many active in the Pro Rodeo circuit. With an event lineup full of excitement ranging from Bareback Riding to Bull Riding, the quick-witted clown, Kyle Bode, and “World Famous” Chicken Race, the night was filled with entertainment from start to finish. Saturday, August 5, was deemed “A Blue and Gold Saturday Night” in tribute to FFA. Former Chelan FFA member Diana Sanchez performed the National Anthem, commencing both night’s events. In support of the sudden death of Sanchez’s father, Carlos Sanchez, a “boot” was passed among the spectators in the stands and raised $1,719.50 for the family.

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